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This Week in Politwoops: deleting to get attention, honing news reactions and more
Deletions via Politwoops. This week on Politwoops included an Arizona candidate deleting on purpose to appear on the site, a governor changing t...
Snap Shot Hungary: The connection between messy political funding and the rise of the illiberal state
Money, Politics and Transparency will occasionally take a “Snap Shot of a specific country; an anecdotal look at where a country’s political finance t...
As journalists become wonks, wonks become journalists
The Economist offers an interesting perspective today on the flip side of the wonky data journalism craze. While traditional newsrooms and media startups sif...
Sign the letter: Open U.S. state legislative data!
Global Legislative Openness Week represents an am...
The other super PAC taking on outside spending
Image via CounterPAC. A new super PAC has a different plan to take big money out of elections: Get candidates to sign a 'no dark money' pledge that would d...
OpenGov Voices: Oakland's new campaign finance app
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the guest blogger and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of the Sunlight Founda...
A conversation with David Rose, little magazine veteran and publisher of Lapham’s Quarterly
When I sat down with
Today in #OpenGov 9/19/2014
Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including big spending on conservation, open data and FOI in the Philippines, and inno...
Fed to keep interest rates low as savers experience continued woe
Apply for fellowships to attend Strictly Financials Seminar 2015
Apply for fellowships to attend Business Journalism Professors Seminar 2015
Private memo reveals winding tale involving John McCain, the NRA and ... condors
Spotting #California Condors at Vermilion Cliffs Nat'l Monument - Save the Condor, use unleaded ammunition! #Arizona pic.twitter.com/ kinGKljo2j" John Mc...
The Data Journalist's Eye, An Introduction
The New Inquiry: Not another New York literary magazine
The New Inquiry started as a Tumblr in 2009. Rachel Rosenfelt, the magazine's publisher, created the account with a group of friends who quickly found that t...
Sunlight, opengov groups call on legislatures around the globe to embrace open data
Sunlight is thrilled to mark Global Legislative Openness Week with our global legislative transparency campaign, which culminated earlier this week in a j...
Today in #OpenGov 9/18/2014
Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including plenty of opinion, another move in the Uber-Lyft war, and getting rewarded fo...
iOS 8: How 5 news orgs have updated their apps for Apple’s new operating system
As iPhone users frantically delete apps and photos from their phones to make space for the iOS 8 update, many news organizations are also taking advantage of...
How the new Wall Street Journal iPad app is taking advantage of new features in iOS 8
When Apple launched the first iPad in 2010, The Wall Street Journal was one of the first news organizations with a dedicated app on the new tablet. In the fo...
The Guardian brings newspaper comics back to life with The Last Saturday
The Guardian is giving new life to the traditional newspaper comic strip with The Last Saturday. Instead of Marmaduke or the ongoing exotic adventures of Mar...
House moves to restrict open data on corporate financial statements
Photo credit: SEC Last night the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5405 which, among other things, would exempt more than half of public companies i...
The Baffler: The anti-innovation magazine embraces digital
John Summers is responsible for the second life of The Baffler, which relaunched in 2012. The Baffler was a zine founded in 1988 by Thomas Frank and Keith Wh...
In New Zealand, bloggers can be journalists in the eyes of the law
A New Zealand High Court judgment handed down on Friday will have far-reaching implications for journalists and bloggers, as courts around the world consider...
Tipping campaign from Marriott spotlights low-paid hospitality industry
Scotch whisky plays a key role in Scotland's independence vote
Jacobin: A Marxist rag run on a lot of petty-bourgeois hustle
Jacobin Magazine was founded by Bhaskar Sunkara in 2010 while he was still a student at George Washington University. Sunkara had self-identified as a social...
Solar Power: Can the blazing demand for it be sustained?
Like it or not, native advertising is squarely inside the big news tent
'There is no need for advertisements to look like advertisements. If you make them look like editorial pages, you will attract about 50 per cent more readers...
n+1: Learning that print and digital can peacefully coexist
At ten years old, n+1 is no longer a newcomer to the small magazine scene. Carla Blumenkranz, a contributing editor who recently left for a job at The New Yo...
Little magazines gone digital: How the late-adapting literary press has made its way in the web age
Sometimes it’s a challenge to feel satisfied with the state of the web and the writing therein. When we look at the headlines, the thinkpieces, the gifs, t...
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
Sunday sampler
Some old-fashioned blogging in the link-and-comment style
Bring back the fun. Scott Rosenberg " who literally wrote the book on it " says blogging is enjoying something of a revival lately. Nicholas Carr senses ...
Audio: UK Conference of Science Journalists panel on tools for journalists
Back in June I took part in a panel at the UK Conference of Science Journalists conference, discussing tools for reporters alongside BBC Trending's Mukul De...
Oooh Baby, You Are So Talented!…
He Could Have Been A Contender
The problem with “takes” is the business model of mass media
Rhetoric, Truthiness, and Critical Thinking
Minus the partisan spin, this article in Slate explains the rhetoric of truthiness in a useful way. It also creates an excellent argument for critical thin...
The Great British Bake Off copyright grab: We can use your #ExtraSlice Twitter images but not give you credit
This year's series of The Great British Bake Off has a social media-savvy spin-off: An Extra Slice. It's a mix of interviews, punditry and contributions fr...
Newspaper paywalls: What is the customer value?
What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Border Cosplay Edition
Sunday sampler
WTF Is Wrong With These People?
Hyperlocal Voices: Geraldine Durrant, East Grinstead Online
For the latest in our series of Hyperlocal Voices Damian Radcliffe heads back home to Sussex. Geraldine Durrant,  Editor of East Grinstead Online, explains...
My 10th anniversary of blogging
Sunday sampler
This Is Not Good News
For Our Own Good
When quoting both sides and leaving it there is the riskier call
If the weight of the evidence allows you to make a judgment, but instead you go with 'he said, she said,' you're behaving recklessly even as you tell yoursel...
Profiles In Courage
Sunday sampler
What could social journalism do for Ferguson?
FAQ: Do you need new ethics for computational journalism?
This latest post in the FAQ series answers questions posed by a student in Belgium regarding ethics and data journalism. Q: Do ethical issues in the practic...
Fables of the Reconstruction, Part Deux
What society are we building here?
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
The IPCC presser was livestreamed, but those present still got the best stories
Digital connection can only get reporters so far
Polar Bears 'R' Us
The latest edition of a UN report makes a media-ready case for the imminent dangers of climate change
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...