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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

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The newest tool in teaching about climate change: the weatherman

A South Carolina pilot project expands

In March of 2013, CJR awarded a laurel to a meteorologist in the midst of a promising project: Jim Gandy,... More

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As Congress scolded him, Dr. Oz launched a magazine

The Good Life is less inflammatory than the doctor’s television show, but the line between ad and editorial is murky

Journalists have delighted in tearing into Dr. Mehmet Oz this week, after a Senate hearing shamed the daytime television personality... More

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Narrating climate change

Incremental journalism isn’t driving home the dire state of the climate to the public, so researchers and outlets are trying to reach them through a shift in storytelling

In late April, the Yale Forum on Climate and the Media, an independent group publishing reported stories, analysis, and opinion... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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