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Why scientists often hate records requests

The shadow side of sunlight laws

A mammoth open records request by an anti-GMO nonprofit is making headlines this month for the sheer breadth of its... More

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James Hamblin: A fresh perspective for health journalism

The Atlantic editor has accumulated a loyal following with his video series “If Our Bodies Could Talk”

James Hamblin keeps getting compared to Doogie Howser. Sure, The Atlantic's senior editor and health columnist came to the gig... More

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Is national media ignoring local science fraud?

Instances are being covered as local stories rather than as data points in a national narrative

In a rare case, a former Iowa State University scientist was prosecuted by a federal attorney last summer for faking... More

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The end of Modern Farmer?

An award-winning magazine struggles to connect with readers

Modern Farmer, the stylish quarterly that tried to mix cosmopolitan glamour with a back-to-the-land ethos, is ceasing publication one month... More

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Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors

Free lunches, paid speaking gigs & free drug samples are often not disclosed by media physicians

Last September, the federal government rolled out a website that offered a searchable database of the $3.5 billion in payments... More

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The Texas school board isn’t as powerful as you think

Its textbook clout has waned but reporters are still writing as though it hasn’t

Moses was a major political influence on the Founding Fathers? Scientists "disagree about what is causing climate change"? And they... More

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Will radio save science journalism?

WNYC will soon have a new health unit

In hiring a brand-new health journalism staff, WNYC may be one of the only news outlets in the country that... More

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Climate change coverage at a crossroads in Australia

Conservative news outlets News Corp and Fairfax Media tend to control the message

Australia is entering what meteorologists are predicting will be another sweltering summer, with October already experiencing its hottest day on... More

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A digital transformation for Science

In transitioning to a new magazine model, the publication’s challenges are familiar

You might call it a scientific experiment. One hundred and thirty-five years after its launch, Science is going from print-centric... More

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BP’s aggressive PR strategy obfuscates facts

The company’s flack blurs lines between journalism and company mission

.@MorrellGeoff's piece in @Politico is no different than any other op-ed by any other company in any other publication— State... More

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Why media probably shouldn’t name Ebola victims

Ebola’s made its American sufferers famous—but what do we gain with personal details?

By the time the video of Nina Pham was released last week, most Americans were likely familiar with her name--and... More

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Has climate change become a business story?

The cost of brushing science aside

One of the more robust periods of study in the modern history of climate change has taken place this... More

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The media’s growing interest in how animals think

The more divorced we become from animals in our daily lives, the more we want to look at them online

Tip the elephant arrived in New York to accolades and fanfare--until things went wrong. A few years into his stay... More

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A long-time science reporter wrote a questionable book on genetics. Can we trust his other work?

The case of Nicholas Wade and reporting on a lively field with a dishonorable past

In the 10 weeks since veteran science journalist Nicholas Wade penned a book claiming that genetic difference between the races... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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