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An (Oil) Peak Too High

Energy crisis too big, too complex for media to handle on its own, experts say

DENVER—Protestors in giant chicken suits lingered outside the 2009 International Peak Oil Conference here on Monday. Their personas were meant... More

SEJ Accused of Protecting Gore

Filmmaker’s criticism is self-serving and wrong, however

An independent filmmaker accused the Society of Environmental Journalists of “protecting” Al Gore on Friday after the filmmaker’s mic was... More

Synthetic Biology Still Not a Story

Americans know little about the emerging field, poll finds

According to a recent poll, Americans know very little about synthetic biology, which seeks to genetically engineer new forms of... More

Grantham Prize Seminar To Honor Air Pollution Series

Anybody in or around Washington, D.C. on Monday should check out the fourth annual Grantham Prize Seminar on the State... More

Green Rankings a Means, Not an End For Journalists

Are you invested in a dirty company? If you work for the state of New York and plan to draw... More

Are Americans Wild Enough?

Ken Burns’s documentary and the debate over how much nature we need

On Sunday evening PBS will air Ken Burns’s much anticipated documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. News outlets and... More

Sidebar: The New Energy Beat

Our Web-only list of the energy sites journalists need to know

Energy Journalism All Green To Me: An eclectic energy and environment Web site from The News Journal in Wilmington,... More

Newsweek Ranks 500 Greenest Companies…

But shills for Big Oil in the process

The press’s latest attempt to quantify and categorize the environmental track records of myriad businesses attempting burnish their eco-credentials is... More

MinnPost.com Launches “Science Agenda”

Newcomer outlet picks up the slack left by MSM

On Thursday, I wrote about a group of thirty-five research universities that have launched a “newswire” called Futurity.org to showcase... More

Is Futurity the Future?

Citing a lack of science coverage, universities launch their own “newswire”

Citing the decline of science coverage in the mainstream news media, thirty-five of the country’s top universities have banded together... More

Science Needs a Storyline

The question is not if, but how scientists should frame their research

Journalists choose an angle for every story they write. Should scientists do the same when explaining the import of their... More

From Hudson to 9/11

Times smartly pairs two lower-Manhattan anniversaries

Remember remember the month of September. So says a smart tribute in today’s New York Times, pairing the eighth anniversary... More

Research, Not Relations…

Why scientists should leave communications to the pros

A piece in The Observatory last week lamented the fact that Rajenda Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on... More

EPA Targets Major Emitters

Journal sees an admission that limiting carbon will be costly

The Environmental Protection Agency sent a “tailoring rule” to the White House for consideration on Saturday that would limit regulation... More

When Kennedy Didn’t Compromise

Lessons from the senator’s early health reform failure

I join the chorus of those who have long admired Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s remarkable Senate career and his persistence... 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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