Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Tue 10:48 AM EST

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Monitor-ing the Environment

The CSM cancels green blog in favor of a broader approach

In recent years, blogs have become a popular way for newspapers to handle specialized topics like science and the environment.... More

Whither the Watershed

A field guide to environmental journalism in the Ohio River Valley

Last weekend, the monstrous snowstorm that walloped the northeast prevented me from attending an event that I’d been looking forward... More

Online and Overseas

Less hand-wringing over state of science journalism

SAN DIEGO—What a difference a year makes. The intense handwringing over the future of science journalism in the wake of... More

The Upshot of Embargoes

Oransky launches blog examining controversial publishing standard

A longstanding and controversial topic of conversation within the science journalism community—news embargoes on peer-reviewed research articles—will now receive regular... More

Better Communication Begets Trust

Experts press for localizing climate coverage

SAN DIEGO—Amidst growing polarization and public confusion over global climate change, there has been plenty of finger pointing about the... More

Meltdown

As the Northeast digs and melts its way out from feet of snow, now seems like a fine time to... More

Post Capitol-izes on Snow

Traffic is way up at blog focused on local weather

Beneath the snowstorm-induced climate feuding that has pervaded the media for the last few weeks, an interesting thing is happening:... More

Snow Fights

Storm coverage muddles politics and science

Last week, in a front-page story, The New York Times responded to the latest instance of global warming skeptics seizing... More

U.S. Press Digs Into IPCC Story

Articles still fall short of ambitious work in the U.K.

A couple of America’s leading media outlets finally dug into the recent controversy surrounding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change... More

The Long View on Green

After 40 years on the job, Joe Hebert reflects on covering energy and environment

From Three Mile Island to the cap-and-trade debates on Capitol Hill, H. Josef Hebert spent over half of his forty-year... More

“Waves in a Shallow Pan”

Has climate coverage in the MSM lost its authority?

CAMBRIDGE—Like doctors gathered around the operating table in mid-surgery, a group of media experts at Harvard yesterday offered their diagnoses... More

Dumb Blonde Story

Sunday Times botches the science in piece on the “princess effect”

Dr. Aaron Sell, a researcher at the Center for Evolutionary Psychology at the University of California, has been hearing from... More

USA Today Wins Oakes Award

“Smokestack Effect” garners another prize for outstanding reporting

A USA Today investigation which found that the air outside thousands of schools across the country could be at least... More

WSJ Cancels Energy/Environment Blog

Two years after launch, popular site mysteriously dumped

After a mere two-year run, The Wall Street Journal has, for some inexplicable reason—or, rather, for some reason it refuses... More

Criticism of IPCC Continues

American media still missing in action

American media are still missing in action on the controversy currently embroiling the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In addition... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.