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An Empty Seat

Government fails to show for science news, transparency event

Federal officials invited to participate in a public forum at the National Press Club last week about a lack transparency... More

The Scientist Closes

25th anniversary issue of the venerable magazine will be the last

Having just published a special twenty-fifth anniversary issue in October, employees of the The Scientist, a venerable monthly magazine and... More

Plant Food: Does Carbon Count?

Admirable NYT article on forests misses one important point

On Saturday, The New York Times ran a front page story about the state of the world’s forests, their role... More

CJR Event: Science News and Government Transparency

Access denied

Has the Obama administration lived up to its promise to make science more transparent and accessible to the public? An... More

Skeptical of Science

Among other new roles, journalists becoming more critical of research

The recent coverage of the subatomic particles found to have travelled faster than the speed of light—tentative evidence that could... More

A Frustrating AP Series on Nuclear Safety

The industry’s blunder-buss response doesn’t help; public left confused

Editor's note: This is an installment of our Audit Arbiter series, which looks into complaints about business news stories.... More

LAT On Why Solyndra Dazzled the Private and Public Sectors

The Los Angeles Times has a really good look at the failure of Solyndra, the solar-power company that went bankrupt... More

NYTimes Misleads on Pace of Flood Relief

FEMA’s disaster delays are structural, not Congressional

Congress: dysfunctional, broken, mad, maybe even the worst. Ever. But The New York Times went one too far today in... More

Reporting on Solyndra

Missing basic concepts about the government’s loan-guarantee program.

Much of the press coverage of the Solyndra bankruptcy has been poor on some basic concepts at the heart of... More

CJR Rewind: Hot Air

Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change?

This story, which recently won a Science in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers, originally ran in... More

Starving for Coverage

Unlike the 1980s, journalists pay little attention to famine ravaging the Horn of Africa

What a difference a generation makes. Back in 1984-85, groundbreaking media coverage of the terrible drought and famine that affected... More

SolveClimate Goes Inside

How an environmental news startup found its way to investigative reporting

After experimenting with a variety of quick-hit approaches to environmental coverage, a four-year-old online news startup focused on climate change... More

Fuzzy Kittens, Fuzzier Science

Claims of hypoallergenic cats continue to go unchallenged by press

In October 2008, Mike Sela, a lifelong sufferer of cat allergies, discovered a company called Allerca Lifestyle Pets. According to... More

Why the Sun Set on Solyndra

How the bad news about green jobs could be better

With Labor Day on the horizon, it was another grim week in green-job news, as a solar panel manufacturer in... More

Media Hurricane Hype?

Irene spurs debate about the quality of news coverage

Anderson Cooper and a CNN crew covering Irene on Sunday, August 28. Photo by Sean Hemmerle. “An Epic Deluge,” read... 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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