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Mechanical Band-Aids

Press wrestles with techno-optimism while BP seeks to stop oil spill

Thank God or whomever. The nuclear option has never been, and never will be, on the table amongst other options... More

Seeping Questions

What do you want to know about the Gulf oil spill?

Six weeks after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has... More

See No Evil, Report No Evil

Covering the oil spill, reporters must ensure that what’s out of sight isn’t out of mind

The gall of BP and their federal overseers in withholding the fact that the “top kill” effort was suspended for... More

Muddling On

Lukewarm media reception to comprehensive new reports on climate change

The Earth is warming thanks to the human industrial complex, we must price carbon emissions in some way and soon... More

Who’s Watching the World, Now?

Changes in media climate snuff out two in-depth environmental reporting outlets

With untold millions of gallons of crude oil spewing into the Gulf and a troubling outlook for energy legislation in... More

Go Fish

Have reporters paid sufficient attention to the Gulf spill’s impact on marine life?

On Tuesday morning, Agence France-Presse reported that “Louisiana's charter fishermen are slamming media coverage of the Gulf oil spill for... More

EPA Officials Demand Anonymity

“Hush-hush” conference calls anger reporters

Twice in the last three months, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered reporters not to name the agency officials... More

A “Slick” Numbers Game

Fixation on exact spill rate belies worrisome uncertainties

Monday night, Jon Stewart laid into coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, noting the disaster... More

Crude Coverage at the Times

News analysis displays gross lack of concern about Gulf spill

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that exploded on April 20, causing the massive oil spill currently unfolding in the Gulf... More

Paper or Pixels?

News Corp.’s efforts to go carbon-neutral raise questions about the future of sustainable publishing

Amidst the steady decline of newspaper circulation in the U.S., could industry concern for carbon emissions affect the relationship between... More

Green Like Money

Earth Day coverage shows how much the environmental movement has changed

Earth Day rose from a powerfully anti-corporate, grassroots movement, revved up on 1960s idealism and genuine fear inspired by books... More

The Voice of the Affected

How the media are improving humanitarian aid post-Haiti

A team of media-development experts that has been working with radio stations in earthquake-damaged Haiti to provide critical information to... More

To Inspire and Explain

With NASA’s future uncertain, press must weigh science versus exploration

[Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series examining recent coverage of President Obama’s plans for the future... More

Spaceballs

Fox News article about NASA’s future stokes Cold War fears with false experts

[Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series examining recent coverage of President Obama’s plans for the future... More

Will Collaborative Climate Coverage Work?

Mother Jones and six other outlets step into the unknown

With the Senate poised for an “uphill push” to pass climate and energy legislation, and numerous surveys saying that Americans’... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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