Salazar clearly highlighted stories that he thinks would best serve the interests of the current administration, and help it survive the coming election, so journalists should, as always, take his tips with a grain of salt. [Update: For example, an article by Pittman at the St. Petersburg Times tempered Salazar’s optimism about the Tamiami Trail Bridge Project, reporting that raising only the one segment of highway will not provide enough new water flow to save the Everglades by itself.] But that doesn’t make the Secretary wrong. Environmental restoration and conservation efforts, and all their political and economic reverberations, are something reporters nationwide should be paying more attention to.
04:15 PM - October 25, 2011
Salazar Calls for Coverage
Interior Secretary highlights underreported environment stories
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
Dasani is one of New York’s population of homeless children
The press on a gendered fMRI study
A Gawker editor tells how he picks ‘viral’ content readers can’t resist sharing
Military retracts Guantánamo PTSD claim
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.