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MIA on the IPCC

American press largely ignores latest controversies

Almost two weeks ago, the Sunday Times, a British newspaper, “broke” the story that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change... More

Looking for Haiti’s Lost, Online

How information technology can streamline Web searches

As the dust was settling over Haiti, journalists were boarding planes, a response center at the State Department was manning... More

Reporters Doubling as Docs in Haiti

Dual roles raise concerns about journalistic ethics

Prominent television journalists who are also certified doctors have been treating injured patients amidst the recovery and relief efforts in... More

Repairing Haitian Radio

Internews sends team of specialists, technicians to restore local broadcasting

With radio and television news outlets crippled by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti last week, Internews, an international media... More

BBC Trust to Review Science Coverage

Outlet’s “accuracy and impartiality” to be scrutinized following criticism

The BBC Trust—the governing body of the BBC—announced last week that it will review the accuracy and impartiality of the... More

“New” Media Crucial in Aftermath of Haitian Earthquake

Newspapers, television scramble to reach the scene

“New” media platforms were critical to delivering early information about damage and relief efforts in the aftermath of a 7.0... More

Flatlining Despite Healthcare Overhaul

CUNY, Univ. of Minnesota suspend health/medical journalism programs

With one of the most significant and expensive overhauls of the American health care system about to begin, the City... More

Just in Time for Winter

Homans on weathermen as climate skeptics

The cover story in the current issue of CJR, about why climate skepticism is so common among television weather forecasters,... More

Best of 2009: The Observatory

Brainard picks The Observatory’s top stories from 2009

Jan. 13 — Environmental S.W.A.T. Team: 2009 began on a seemingly positive note, with The New York Times pulling a... More

Good COP, Bad COP

Reflections on covering the Copenhagen climate summit

COPENHAGEN—Political deadlock and convoluted information came with the territory for journalists covering the climate change summit in Copenhagen, where world... More

Covering Copenhagen: A Day in the Life

A reporter acclimates to the climate summit

COPENHAGEN—I arrived at the United Nations climate summit last Friday, near the end of the first week of negotiations, just... More

Copenhagen Watch: Bipolar Coverage Disorder?

With each announcement, media shift between optimism and pessimism

As the heads of state from 110 countries began to arrive at the United Nations summit in Copenhagen for the... More

The Legality of Publishing Hacked E-mails

Were journalists right to be leery of the “ClimateGate” leak?

The publication of thousands of e-mails hacked from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit led to furious arguments... More

Threats to Environmental Journalists on the Rise

In Copenhagen, press freedom groups call for action

COPENHAGEN—Cherelle Jackson turned a deaf ear to the threatening calls she got after publishing the first two parts of a... More

Revkin Taking NYT Buyout

Veteran climate reporter to leave paper after Copenhagen summit

Andrew C. Revkin, one of the most influential and respected reporters on the environment, will take a buyout from The... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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