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Yao Ming and the elephant massacre

Recent coverage of the African poaching crisis strikes at supply and demand

After weeks of the media mostly failing to realize why basketball star Yao Ming’s trip to Kenya was fairly important... More

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Conventions create climate coverage

While ScienceDebate.org gets some answers

The presidential candidates are still treating it like a back-burner issue, but the Republican and Democratic national conventions incited a... More

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Water woes

Regional papers turn out series on sea level, drought

Expos├ęs about the changing climate in the polar north are great, and all the more important in light of reports... More

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CBS goofs up the green beat

Network fails to disclose M. Sanjayan’s affiliation and ties to source

Only two months after hiring him, CBS News has already botched a report from its new science and environment contributor,... More

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Candidates clam up on climate

Reporters call out Obama and Romney’s silence

Nary a word has been spoken about climate change on the presidential campaign trail, and it’s a silence that some... More

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UPI shirks responsibility

Raeburn takes wire to task for cribbing from Science News

The plagiarism, or problematic paraphrasing, parade continued on Thursday as several reporters from Science News complained on Facebook that the... More

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Covering Romney in Ohio’s coal country

Visit draws sharp questions from across state line, and solid stories from big-city papers

OHIO — When Mitt Romney’s campaign bus rolled into the tiny Appalachian town of Beallsville in the eastern part of... More

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Ryan re-energizes coverage

VP candidate brings fossil fuels, alternatives back into focus

Paul Ryan’s selection as the GOP’s candidate for vice president has renewed debate about, and coverage of, the stark differences... More

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Sex and sensationalism

Researchers accuse press of ‘licentious’ coverage of animal studies

“The media loves to sensationalize research” on same-sex sexual behavior among animals, according to an analysis published this week in... More

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The science of performance

Reuters writer reviews the research amid London Olympics

Does sex diminish athletic vigor? Does athletic tape enhance it? These are just a few of the questions that one... More

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Muller’s media circus

Did the press fall for a climate-change publicity stunt?

UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller was all over the media last week talking about his “total turnaround” from global-warming skeptic... More

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The bright-young-things hypothesis

Jonah Lehrer’s mistakes are not our fault

The downward spiral of Jonah Lehrer’s career over the last month has shocked his peers and instilled in them a... More

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Diet wars turn family feud

Why the Times’s Gina Kolata has it out for the Times’s Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is one of the most interesting health writers in the country. He is an exhaustive researcher, an astute... More

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Lehrer resigns from The New Yorker

Tablet busts the writer for fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works

Science writer Jonah Lehrer has resigned as a staff writer for The New Yorker following revelations that he made up... More

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InsideClimate out front

Investigation of Kalamazoo oil spill calamity led the pack

In early July, the media covered a long awaited report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which blamed the... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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