Thirty minutes on Philly TV news: 11 political ads, no political stories
If one recent evening newscast is any indication, Philadelphia voters may be longing for used car ads and payday loan pitches " and maybe for some unbia...
The newsonomics of MLB’s pioneering mobile experience
There was the voice of Jon Miller, baseball's best and wittiest game caller, setting the scene for me, some 5,000 miles away from San Francisco's AT&T Park. ...
As smog increases, tourism to China drops
Why The New York Times built a tool for crowdsourced time travel
Flipping through old magazine and newspaper ads is like throwing the switch on the world's simplest time machine. Suddenly it's 1969, the Apollo 11 astronaut...
Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 23
Now taking off: new runways
Reflections from Buntwani: Strengthening civic engagement through tech
Moments from Buntwani! What is the difference between opengov and opendata? Are there tech tools that can help with civic engagement? How can we open ...
Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 22
Opening up the archives: JSTOR wants to tie a library to the news
The Journal of Parasitology published its first issue in September 1914. The academic journal " which, you'll be surprised to learn, publishes scholarly wr...
How big spending on campaign ads affects the economy
Six fresh ideas for news design from a #SNDMakes designathon
The Society for News Design hosted its second #SNDMakes hackathon in Boston this past weekend. The last iteration of the event was held in Indianapolis, host...
Today in #OpenGov 10/22/2014
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Upcoming Events: #Ferguson
Eyes on leadership: Members raising more than they need
Paul Ryan's leadership PAC spent heavily on consultants and contributions to other members last quarter; Image credit: Gage Skidmore/ Flickr In ...
Farewell to a fashion magician, but not to his empire
Getting serious about protecting access to public email
Photo Credit: Flickr User Mixy Lorenzo Our legally-protected access to public email records " the most voluminous source of official written records "...
Tom Steyer's flood of campaign money hits $55 million to NextGen
Tom Steyer, the 55 million dollar man; Image credit: Wikimedia Commons Environmentally-minded billionaire Tom Steyer gave another $15 million to...
770 Accounts: an alternative to a slumping market?
Today in #OpenGov 10/21/2014
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21
Where you get your news depends on where you stand on the issues
Strong liberals and strong conservatives disagree on an awful lot " but there are a lot of ways they're more like each other than they are like those close...
Light everywhere: The California Civic Data Coalition wants to make public datasets easier to crunch
When Meg Whitman ran for governor of California in 2010, she donated $144 million of her own money to her campaign. Whitman, the Republican nominee, ultimate...
Ebola Deeply builds on the lessons of single-subject news sites: A news operation with an expiration date
A contagious disease outbreak seems like a good time for some explanatory journalism. News outlets are scrambling to cover the latest developments in the Ebo...
This study finds that social media use reduces political polarization instead of increasing it
One of the most common complaints about social media is about filter bubbles " the idea that, because you choose your own universe of friends or accounts o...
Who dat? In New Orleans, The Times-Picayune is making print a little more regular
It's probably not a happy morning in New Orleans. Despite leading 23-10 with less than four minutes left, a defensive breakdown and an incredibly poorly time...
Airport restaurants get a major upgrade
Today in #OpenGov 10/20/2014
Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including plenty of IG news, owning big data, and judicial elections.  National News ...
Confused by all the various ways the Knight Foundation funds projects? Here’s a guide
The Knight Foundation (disclosure: a funder of Nieman Lab) gives money to a lot of journalism and journalism-adjacent projects. But they often work through a...
For some House incumbents, traditional PACs are super
Over 90 percent of the money raised by Rep. Bobby Rush's campaign this election came from PACs. As anyone who has signed up for a campaign or po...
Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 20
Someone needs to cut the legs from under Lieutenant Dan
Good news: Big damn hero running for Congress in 6th District. Bad news: It's another state's 6th District.
Best wishes to Mayor Menino
Early voting has begun in North Carolina.
Ben Bradlee and the importance of private ownership
Can The Portland Phoenix avoid the fate of its siblings?
Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, 1921-2014
Jill Abramson reveals few details about startup venture
Gary Webb: A flawed prophet who deserved better
They made their bed. Now let them damned well lie in it.
Job: Help us learn how teaching works by visualizing millions of syllabi
Everything is awesome at Kushner's Orange County Register
A cool, late-autumn afternoon on the North Shore
Race, diversity and watermelon toothpaste
CommonWealth criticizes Henry over Telegram sale
The U.S. media normalize batshit. They have done so for years. And The Washington Post finally notices. Hallelujah.
The single most important reason why we cannot elect another conservative president in my lifetime …
No, both sides DON'T do it, Part the Infinity
Why Journalists Need to Take Reader Privacy More Seriously
Happy birthday …
An open letter to Kathleen Parker re the War on Women
What if Journalism Was Built for Inclusive Community Participation?
Friday Random 10, Housework Saturday Edition
The Rise of Hands-On Journalism
Thirteen Questions About the Future of Participatory Journalism
Finding a Better Way to Track Journalist Arrests in the United States
From Washington to Ferguson and Back Again in a Night
Journalism's Theory of Change
Debating Participatory Journalism: Newsrooms, Campuses, Courts and Congress
Defining Civic Action Beyond Institutions in Journalism and Politics
Oh, those Germans
Winner Of The 'I Need A (Chocolate) Cigarette After Reading That' Award
Sunday sampler
Why editorial endorsements matter
Why do you optimise content for search and social? 4 reasons and a mnemomic to boot
Content strategies are one of the many things that used to be the preserve of publishers and editors. We didn't call it 'content strategy' then: we 'chose ...
Sunday sampler
How N.C. newspapers played same-sex marriage: Who wore it best?
First Look Media: a personal update
In November of last year, I said that I was joining First Look Media, Pierre Omidyar's start-up, as a (paid) advisor. Today, I am announcing that I am no lon...
'Talk to the critics…' The Chuck Todd plan to restore trust in Meet the Press.
A disgusted viewer and longtime critic of the Sunday shows " that would be me " interviews NBC's Chuck Todd about his attempt to remake the most famous o...
Ebola Derangement Syndrome…Some Context
Sunday sampler
Girls Just Want To Have Fun — China 'Red Princess' Edition
I Like To Think Of This As The Universe Expressing An Opinion About Today's Incarnation Of The Party Of Lincoln
And I'll Take Racist Media for $200, Alex
Not Even Trying To Hide It: Politico's The President Must Die Edition
Hyperlocal Voices: Mark Baynes, Love Wapping
In our latest interview with hyperlocal practitioners, Damian Radcliffe speaks to Mark Baynes from Love Wapping.  A journalist, professional photographer ...
Thinking of doing your student project online? Here are 5 mistakes to avoid
Journalism courses often expect students to spend a large part of their final year or semester producing an independent project. Here, for those about to emb...
Oh, By The Way (1): Leo Marx Was (Is) No Dummy
Inside an entrepreneur’s sausage factory
Dear Gov. McCrory: being anti-liberal arts is being anti-business
Sunday sampler
Write with 'going viral' in mind
Lysistrata Was A Documentary…
Sunday sampler
Hyperlocal Voices: Jack Davies, Tongwynlais
We're back to Wales for the latest interview in our Hyperlocal Voices series; as Jack Davies tells Damian Radcliffe about the community website for Tongwynla...
A most cynical letter from a most cynical company
Sunday sampler
16 reasons why this research will change how you look at news consumption
Most research on news consumption annoys me. Most research on news consumption " like Pew's State of the News Media " relies on surveys of people self-r...
Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Republican: Economic Stewardship edition
Start The Week With The Lord God Bird
5 journalism tips from Mark Leibovich
Leibovich. Credit: Ralph Alswang Mark Leibovich says his 2013 book, 'This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral " Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! " in America's...
Tough times at McClatchy — A quarterly loss and four assets sold
McClatchy closed the books today on a rocky third quarter with an earnings report yesterday showing a small loss of $2.6 million (1 percent on revenues of $2...
Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, Anders Gyllenhaal, Alexandra Zayas among additions to Poynter's National Advisory Board
The Poynter Institute announced Thursday the addition of five journalism leaders to its National Advisory Board, including Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, senior ed...
Callie Schweitzer named editorial director for audience strategy at Time Inc.
Time Inc. has named Callie Schweitzer its editorial director for audience strategy, Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs and Time Inc. EVP Todd Larsen tell staff...
Peter Lattman named deputy business editor at The New York Times
New York Times media editor Peter Lattman will be deputy business editor at the paper, according to a memo from New York Times Business editor Dean Murphy: P...
Former AP editor sues over dismissal that followed retracted story
Style Weekly Dena Potter has filed suit against the Associated Press, saying 'she was unjustly fired for an error in a story edited by another staffer,' Ned ...
The politics of reforming digital audience metrics — don't underestimate the status quo
Long-time critics of imprecise unique visitor and page view metrics like me have had reason to cheer in recent months. Both the Financial Times and Economist...
Career Beat: Rachel Zarrell named news editor at BuzzFeed News
Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Rachel Zarrell is now news editor at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she was a weekend ...
Could Sun-Times reporter's resignation affect governor's race?
Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. Will Sun-Times reporter's resignation shake Illinois governor's race? Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief Dave McKi...
Today in Media History: Apple's Steve Jobs introduces the iPod in 2001
The iPod, Apple’s hard disk-based digital audio player, was introduced by Steve Jobs on October 23, 2001. “With iPod, Apple has invented a whole new c...
Why media probably shouldn't name Ebola victims
Ebola's made its American sufferers famous--but what do we gain with personal details?
Here's how to produce strong Ebola stories
The most effective coverage of the first American case has stemmed from the steady hands of experienced--and highly credible--federal medical leaders as well...
Has climate change become a business story?
The cost of brushing science aside
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
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
The newest tool in teaching about climate change: the weatherman
A South Carolina pilot project expands
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
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...
Women science writers conference about changing the ratio
A summit last weekend presented actions to address systemic gender inequities in science journalism
The EPA goes on background, and journalists revolt
For some reporters, having the call 'on background' rather than 'on the record' meant that the material was essentially unusable
New York launches social science vertical
"Like a Jehovah's witness, if you show up at their door and say, 'Can I interest you in some behavioral economics,' they'll say no"
Climate scientist's privacy victory may prove a loss for journalists
Court ruling limits access to public information in Virginia
Walking the public opinion tightrope
Early reception of a celebrity-packed Showtime documentary demonstrates the difficulty of engaging audiences on climate change
OnEarth eliminates print
The science mag's editors say sticking to digital will allow them to devote more resources to environmental journalism
No, Ebola is not spreading to the US
Some news orgs jumped on an outbreak as a chance to spread unlikely hype
Greenwire on Obama's Strategy to Morally Stigmatize Conservatives Who Dismiss Climate Change
Last week I spoke with Elana Schor of Greenwire about the Obama White House and Organizing for America's strategy to pre-empt efforts by conservati...
BC Canada's The Tyee Magazine on Bill McKibben and Building a Broader Climate Movement
At  The Tyee  this week, a terrific non-profit online magazine covering news, culture and solutions as they relate to British Columbia and beyo...
Why Google's Support for James Inhofe Is Not Only Morally Wrong, But Bad for Business
In 2011, as a Google Science Communication fellow, I spent several days with other scientists and academics at the company’s headquarters learni...
The Hill Newspaper on Obama's Climate Change Messaging
This past week at The Hill newspaper, Ben Geman analyzed President Obama's speech on climate change, highlighting remarks from environmentalists wh...
Debating Bioethics Openly: Taking Advantage of Major Events to Engage the Public
In the July issue of The Scientist magazine, my colleague Declan Fahy and I contributed a commentary discussing the need for scientists and ethic...
The Opponent: How Bill McKibben Changed Environmental Politics and Took on the Oil Patch
For the May/ June issue of Canada’s Policy Options magazine, I contributed an article adapted from my Spring 2013 Shorenstein Center paper ...
At New Scientist Magazine, Assessing the UK Government's Goal of Changing the Conversation About Food Biotechnology
At the New Scientist magazine last week, I was asked to provide an analysis of UK environment minister Owen Paterson’s announcement that his go...
Harvard Shorenstein Paper on "Nature's Prophet: Bill McKibben as Journalist, Public Intellectual and Activist"
In a  paper released today by Harvard University , I analyze the career of writer-turned-activist Bill McKibben and his impact over the past 20 ...
BMC Medical Ethics Study Evaluates the Media Impact of Rebecca Skloot's Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
In a new study at the journal  BMC Medical Ethics , my colleague Declan Fahy and I analyze the journalistic and critical reception of Rebecca Sk...
A Reply to Time Magazine's Michael Grunwald: Why Analysis and Critical Reflection on the XL Tar Sands Pipeline Is Needed
In a column this week at Time magazine, Michael Grunwald says he's on the side of activists who oppose the XL Tar Sands pipeline and chides the "re...