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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.