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‘I don’t bluff’

Michael Mann’s lawyer says National Review must retract and apologize

Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann is demanding that National Review retract and apologize for a July 15 post that... More

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Quest for science debate continues

15 top science organizations press Obama, Romney for answers

The quest for a scientific tête-à-tête between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney continues. On Thursday, 15 top science and engineering... More

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ABC News: armchair psychologist

The network offers irresponsible speculation about the Colorado shooter

Here we go again. A gunman fires on an unsuspecting crowd and the American media leap to conclusions about the... More

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Flames, causes and context

As Western wildfires rage, reporters grapple with stories beyond acreage burned and homes destroyed

When faced with the explosive fury of multiple wildfires torching hundreds of homes like so many Roman candles, journalists can... More

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The heatwave debate

How the science of probability affects science coverage

We can all agree that the weather has been unseasonably warm this summer. But fewer people, including media types, agree... More

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The Palm Beach Post exposes a hidden menace

Government cutbacks and the worst TB epidemic in 20 years

Reporting on tuberculosis is not most reporters’ idea of a glamor assignment. It’s an ancient disease, drug companies aren’t keen... More

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Like steam, ping-pong balls, and Omar Sharif

The media has an entertaining struggle trying to explain the Higgs boson

On Wednesday, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which runs the world’s largest particle accelerator and collider... More

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The expectations game

Blogs drive MSM speculation about Higgs announcement

Excited speculation about the discovery of one of physics’ most sought-after particles is coming in waves now, with media outlets... More

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Press war Down Under

A mining mogul’s battle with an Australian media group shakes the industry

Fairfax Limited, one of Australia’s largest media conglomerates, is at war with its largest individual shareholder, the world’s richest woman.... More

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Our polar backyard

Economist explores what a melting Arctic means to the world

The Arctic is not under-covered. Some might even say the opposite is true. The polar bear has been “the poster... More

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Rio+20 side events become the main event

Does the summit deserve the scorn and indifference it has received from the media?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Tragedy and farce. Those are the two general impressions conveyed by much of the world’s... More

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“Prophet of Katrina” stays put

Times-Picayune’s ace environment reporter sticks with Nola Media Group

The man The New York Times called “a prophet of Katrina’s wrath” for his prescient coverage of New Orleans’ vulnerability... More

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How creativity works? Not like that.

Science writer Jonah Lehrer accused of self-plagiarism

The author of a recent book about how creativity works is finding out the hard way that the answer is... More

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Rio+20 roundup

Coverage of the UN sustainable development summit revs up, or not

Big, international summits geared toward protecting the environment and promoting sustainability just don’t have the cachet that they used to.... More

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Adrift in a sea of (no) coverage

For two years, little in the news about battle over National Ocean Policy

Last October, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar called on the press to pay more attention to the Obama administration’s... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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