FCC proposes making political ads more transparent
The FCC just began circulating among FCC commissioners an NPRM that promises to effect Sunlight's demands for more transparency in political ad spending. ...
Ken Doctor: The New York Times’ financials show the transition to digital accelerating
Call it an acceleration of the digital transition. Those are the words that best describe this morning's New York Times Co. Q3 financial report and conferen...
Federal open data audit: Defense downright dismal, Interior immense yet imperfect
Photo credit: Yuri Yu. Samoilov/ Flickr As we audit the public data catalogs of federal agencies, we have found that some of the agencies we exa...
Contest for the Senate in charts: Outspent Dems lean on super PAC donors in homestretch
In the final weeks of the 2014 campaign, Democrats are increasingly reliant on super PACs and their deep-pocketed donors to underwrite their effort to maint...
Influence Analytics: What interests public most at SEC, CFTC? More data disclosure
Proposals to improve public disclosure of corporate and government accountability data " from corporations' political contributions to the payments the...
Before the “teaching hospital model” of journalism education: 5 questions to ask
Thousands of words have been written these past couple of years about 'the teaching hospital model' of journalism education, and I've read most of them. I'm ...
Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 30
Today in #OpenGov 10/30/2014
Today in #OpenGov is going email! Click here to sign up now. We're taking "Today in #OpenGov" to the next level: Your inbox. Beginning in mid-November, you...
Joint fundraisers ballooning after McCutcheon decision
Seven months after the Supreme Court struck down a pro">...
Delia Ephron, numbers worrier
Welcome to Docket Wrench, SEC and CFTC!
Sunlight is pleased to announce that we have now integrated regulatory data from both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futur...
Get ready for a new airline fare: Basic Economy
Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 29
Controlled chaos: As journalism and documentary film converge in digital, what lessons can they share?
Documentary film and journalism are, in many ways, rooted in the same traditions. Though focus on narrative often differentiates film from traditional journa...
Sunlight's review of federal open data catalogs (Hint: It's not so great)
Photo credit: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. We at Sunlight are conducting a broad audit of agencies' sometimes-faithful ...
Today in #OpenGov 10/29/2014
Today in #OpenGov is going email! Click here to sign up now. We're taking "Today in #OpenGov" to the next level: Your inbox. Beginning in mid-November, you...
Corporate donors still prefer the shadows
Business groups still prefer to make their political giving in private, a Sunlight examination of donations to super PACs recorded through Oct. 15 suggest...
The NBA season is starting, and its salary bonanza is just beginning
The near future of First Look’s next site, Racket, looks fuzzy
Andrew Rice reported for New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer earlier today that Matt Taibbi has gone missing (update: he's out) from First Look's New Yor...
The newsonomics of the Sun-Times national/local network play
Coming, officially today, to your hometown: A templatized, national/ local, ready-to-go network of 70 news sites and apps that aim to make use of all the au ...
The big business of megachurches
Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 28
How data is changing our brains
Please, airline, can we have some more (flights)?
Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Oct. 27
The New York Times Co. and Axel Springer are investing €3 million in Dutch startup Blendle
The New York Times Company and German publisher Axel Springer are collectively investing €3 million ($3.7 million) in Blendle, a Dutch news startup where r...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
Some reflections on the life of Steve Burgard
Thomas M. Menino, 1942-2014
More local stupidity on same-sex marriage
In which Lt. Gov. Dan Forest writes me. And I write back.
Looking at the Globe's previous Republican endorsements
Charlie Baker wins the Globe's endorsement
The Globe's surprisingly strong anti-casino editorial
Whom will the Globe endorse for governor?
Media freedom and human rights
How To Get Your News From Poems
Thinking about the future of local journalism
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
They made their bed. Now let them damned well lie in it.
Job: Help us learn how teaching works by visualizing millions of syllabi
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 …
What if Journalism Was Built for Inclusive Community Participation?
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
Not Even Trying To Hide It
Annals of 'If Anyone Was Offended' — Post-Racial America Edition
Republicans Are Bad For Your Health
Facebook's phony claim that 'you're in charge.'
It simply isn't true that an algorithmic filter can be designed to remove the designers from the equation. That assertion melts on contact, and a New York Ti...
I Hear There's A Sporting Contest Today…
Sunday sampler
Why do they give us tenure?
That's what I asked Jeff Hancock, the Cornell University professor who collaborated with Facebook on its 'emotional contagion' study, which subtly manipulate...
Building trust in news
Fables Of The Reconstruction: Cue The World's Tiniest Violin Edition — Plus: Bonus For A Good Time On The Cape!
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
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...
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
Sunday sampler
Tonawanda News to fold in January
The Buffalo News | The Tonawanda News Twenty employees at the Tonawanda News will lose their jobs in January after the paper closes, the Buffalo News reporte...
Only 1 in 5 college newspapers updates its website daily
College Media Matters | Student Media Map Just 21 percent of student newspapers at public, four-year universities update their websites five days a week, acc...
9 takeways from the New York Times Co. 3rd quarter earnings call
The New York Times building in this 2009 file photo. (AP Photo/ Mark Lennihan) The New York Times Co. joined McClatchy yesterday in booking a rare operating ...
Report: More than a dozen walk from Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Business Courier Cincinnati Enquirer Managing Editor Laura Trujillo is leaving the newspaper rather than stick around for the Gannett-owned title'...
5 DIY journalism costumes for 2014
For Halloween this year, you could be a reporter (notebook, phone, side eye for your younger colleagues) or a reporter who could possibly get laid off (no co...
Tim Cook files clean copy, Businessweek editor says
Bloomberg TV Apple's CEO acknowledged in a Bloomberg Businessweek essay today that he's gay. How'd that article end up in Businessweek? 'The backstory is pr...
There are a lot of good illustrated journalism pieces this week
CIR | Al Jazeera America | CityLab Three good examples of illustrated journalism arrived this week. That's not a trend, but it's a welcome opportunity to hig...
How the AP busted Nazi suspects receiving Social Security payments
After three years of on-again-off-again investigation, David Rising finally sighted his quarry this summer. He was a small man, bespectacled and balding, pee...
Career Beat: Arianna Huffington to get new chief of staff
Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Elise Hu will be NPR's Asia correspondent in Seoul. She covers tech and culture at...
NYT added 44,000 digital subscribers in the third quarter
The New York Times Company The New York Times Company added 44,000 subscribers to its digital-only products in the third quarter of 2014, 'an increase of mor...
BP's aggressive PR strategy obfuscates facts
The company's flack blurs lines between journalism and company mission
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
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...