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Mind Games

Can neuroscience explain the crisis in news?

What Is Happening to News: The Information Explosion and the Crisis in Journalism | By Jack Fuller | University of... More

Maternal Mortality Mix-Up

Press turns out disjointed coverage of politics, data

A slew of news articles this week have focused on two recent reports about the number of women who die... More

Science, Environment, & the 2010 Pulitzers

A tip o’ the hat to these science, environment, and health related Pulitzer winners: Public Service – The Bristol Herald... More

A Rosy Future for Cancer Vaccines?

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette thinks so

There’s a trope in medicine that doctors only have three ways of dealing with cancer: cutting (surgery), burning (radiation), and... More

Calling Katrina

New Orleans Times-Picayune’s 2005 hurricane coverage included in NYU’s “Top 10 Works of the Decade”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina from August to December 2005 has been named one of the top... More

Local Paper Leads Way on Mine Disaster Coverage

With much of the national media’s focus turned to West Virginia today in the wake of yet another mine disaster,... More

Gaga for Technology

Can the media ease their addiction to the new new thing?

CAMBRIDGE, Ma.—As journalists, we're often caught in a cycle of “hype and disappointment,” said Bryan Walsh, national environment writer for... More

Got Science Reporters?

New USC health news service stirs debate because it doesn’t

On the last Friday in March, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism announced the staff... More

Dot Earth Moves to NYT Opinion Section

Revkin: “I will say what I think, in ways I could not before”

After two-and-a-half years and 940 posts as a news blog, Andrew Revkin’s Dot Earth site will be moving to the... More

Nature News Now Free of Charge

Publisher sees no competition with Scientific American

Last Friday, the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) announced that readers would no longer need a subscription to view content on... More

More on Weathermen as Climate Skeptics

NYT weighs in with front-page treatment

The New York Times’s front-page story on high levels of climate skepticism among TV weather forecasters might have seemed a... More

Meat vs. Miles

Coverage of livestock, transportation emissions hypes controversy

For the last four years, media outlets such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Fox News... More

Stories Percolate on World Water Day

National Geographic dives in with special issue

By 2025, 1.8 billion people are expected to live in areas where water is scarce—a prediction, among many troubling others,... More

When the Well Runs Dry

Is Duke Energy’s support for a new SciTech section a problem?

Last week, CJR’s online science desk, The Observatory, ran a story about the launch of a new weekly science and... More

Reviving Science Coverage in the Carolinas

Weekly newspaper section, community-journalism project deliver fresh content

At a time when weekly newspaper science sections are as rare as a single top quark, two North Carolina newspapers... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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

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