This Thanksgiving, let a little Sunlight in
We'd love your support this #GivingTuesday. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which, for many of us, means spending time with family, watching football and consum...
Holiday gifts for athletes that are really worth the money
Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Nov. 26
This Thanksgiving, find story ideas at the airport
Announcing the 2015 Reynolds Week Fellows
Tow Tea: Understanding the Role of Algorithms and Data at BuzzFeed
European Union announces new rules aimed to enhance lobbying disclosure
EC President Jean-Claude Juncker   Last week, the European Commission revealed new rules that will attempt to make EU lobbying more transparent. Begin...
First Look Media is shutting down Racket and letting its staff go
First Look Media announced today that Racket, the political satire magazine originally headed by Matt Taibbi, is shutting down. Since Matt Taibbi’s departu...
New Mexico water commission votes to divert Gila River despite open meetings complaints
The Gila River. Photo by Avelino Maestas A New Mexico water commission yesterday decided to go forward with a plan to divert thousands of acre-feet...
Entertaining Business: the real deal of real estate on Buying and Selling
Ken Doctor: Why The New York Times hired Kinsey Wilson
In a year of both triumphs and stumbles in The New York Times' ungainly digital business progress, today's appointment of Kinsey Wilson to the post of strate...
A Detroit Anthology: tips on publishing your project
Why Google is taking another shot at helping readers pay for news
Google wants to be the wallet you use to pay for news. Again. Last week, the company debuted Contributor, an experimental platform that lets people pay publi...
Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 25
Corrupt politicians suffer only when there’s local media to report on it
When I'm asked about the future of news, I always say I'm optimistic, at least on net. But that doesn't mean that there won't be holes, and the holes I worry...
In Canada, newspapers’ attempts to experiment with ebooks haven’t seen much success
Ebooks have failed to live up to their promise as a new revenue stream for newspapers. That's the lesson from experiments at at least three dailies across Ca...
Being strategic about retiring projects
Image via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Close observers of Sunlight's work may have noticed a number of projects listed as retired on the rece...
Commerce, by Dominic Valente: Tokyo's Shibuya district
Help liberate your town's info with the Open Civic Data project!
This Thanksgiving holiday, we're asking you to join Sunlight in helping create open data about your local government. Over the last year and a half, ...
How a virus demanding a bitcoin ransom almost destroyed a public radio station’s archives
It was the first Saturday in November when Patrick Neelin, the lead engineer at the University of Missouri's public radio station KBIA, got an emergency call...
A Detroit Anthology: stories of a city in transition
Must Read Money Stories, Monday Nov. 24
What’s the right news experience on a phone? Stacy-Marie Ishmael and BuzzFeed are trying to figure it out
few weeks ago, we wrote about BuzzFeed's hiring of Stacy-Marie Ishmael, formerly of the Financial Times, as the editorial lead for their forthcoming news app...
Come work for Nieman Lab
We have an opening for a staff writer here at Nieman Lab. If you’re interested, apply over here. This job will join our little Harvard newsroom (currently ...
Introducing Sunlight's new tools page
Tools page. Here at Sunlight, we love building tools. Tools that empower you to investigate government activity, track influence and keep those in po...
The newsonomics of telling your audience what they should do
You should. Two powerful words. If they come from your mother or the government, they pack a particular weight. But what if they come from media? Should medi...
It’s time to apply for a Nieman Fellowship
I’m not one for ranking life experiences like sports teams, but here’s something you hear a lot from Nieman Fellow alumni: “It was the best year of my ...
Here’s some remarkable new data on the power of chat apps like WhatsApp for sharing news stories
How news sites think about social platforms changes with time. Five or six years ago, it wasn't uncommon to see the bottom of a blog post chicken-pocked with...
Jennifer Preston on leaving The New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms
Jennifer Preston has plenty of experience in the journalism business: 'I've worked as a city hall bureau chief, a circulation marketing manager, a deputy met...
Upcoming Events: Journalism After Snowden
Ferguson, the media and what comes next
Matt Gross resigns as editor of
Emily Bell challenges Facebook's New Media Order
'You have the right to remain silent … and wouldn't that be a nice change.'
Media Matters whacks Sununu over Keystone column
Here's where a good part of the middle class went — and what Obama could do to fix it
GateHouse parent buys T&G — and its parent chain
Learning to love the new Google Maps
Electric Light Orchestra: Roll Over, Beethoven
'This is the world I want to live in.'
UNC System tuition: 'A failure of liberal thought' … and much more than that
Hyperlocal news, civic engagement and spirituality
All kinds of awesome: 'Pieholes should be quiet.'
10 Crowdfunding Lessons From The Radiotopia Kickstarter Campaign
Big moves as Globe prepares to expand its business section
What's next for Howie Carr?
Here's that huge UMass Globe ad you may have heard about
'If I ever figure out an answer, I'll write it down.'
Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est' doesn't mean quite what you think (or what *I* thought)
Five Kinds of Listening for Newsrooms and Communities
This puppy has unashamedly staked out his top priority and is pursuing it with vicious, relentless focus that we all ought to admire.
It's 6:30 a.m., North Carolina. Do you know where your ballot is?
How To Get Your News From Poems
Job: Help us learn how teaching works by visualizing millions of syllabi
Why Journalists Need to Take Reader Privacy More Seriously
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
Being thankful for a Thanksgiving week cold that had me at home around sunset on Tuesday,  even if I did miss a Radford Pizza House jam session because of i...
Asked and Answered In Ferguson — A Tale of Two Times Stories
Spanish version of ‘Excel for Journalists’ on the way
A Spanish version of Finding Stories in Spreadsheets " titled 'Excel para periodistas' (Excel for Journalists) " should be available in the next few we...
The Government wants to know where you were online, when. Why journalists should be cautious
Home secretary Theresa May wants to be able to connect IP addresses (which identify machines) with users (those using it at that particular time). In a nut...
Watch: why every publisher should switch to HTTPS (and you should too)
This video, from this year's Google I/ O conference, is one of the best explanations I've seen on HTTPS with regard to publishers. It's worth watching for...
Hyperlocal Voices Revisited: Tim Dickens, Brixton Blog and Brixton Bugle
In our Hyperlocal Voices series we speak to hyperlocal publishers about their journey as they seek to build a successful hyperlocal offer. From time to tim...
Sunday sampler
Journalism & technology: to duel or dance?
Life is Short
Is This The Beginning Of The End For The UK Headline?
Until recently a journalism trainer in the UK could safely berate a trainee for Writing Headlines Where Every Word Began With A Capital. It is a style of hea...
Why I have a problem with Google’s crowdfunding tool Contributor – a tweet story
I have 2 problems with Google's crowdfunding tool Contributor: 1) it allows Google to collect data on what we read https:/ / OawNbMnH8Q " Paul Bradsh...
Innovation day at CUNY with Shane Smith and Bill Gross
HOW TO: Find out the ages of people using Excel
'How do I calculate an age in Excel?' Marion Urban, a French journalist and student on the MA in Online Journalism in Birmingham, was preparing data for th...
“Pinboard is down!”: 3 ways to make sure your bookmarks are still accessible when the site isn’t
On Saturday the social bookmarking service Pinboard experienced some lengthy downtime. Site is down; taking a look to see what’s happened right now " Pin...
Birmingham Mail uses social media ‘Thunderclap’ to mark pub bombing anniversary campaign
The Birmingham Mail is to invite its readers and followers to sign up today to a week-long experiment with the 'crowdspeaking' platform Thunderclap. Thunder...
Sunday sampler
“If we don’t move with it then the low-brow side wins”: obstacles to gamification part 2: perceptions, standards and time
In the second of two guest posts for OJB (read the first part here), Alex Iacovangelo interviews Al Jazeera's Juliana Ruhfus (full audio above) on the reas...
'Republicans have to show they can govern.' No, they don't. Please stop saying that.
A reporter's wish masquerading as an accepted fact. NPR's Congressional reporter, Ailsa Chang, did it Wednesday morning. About Mitch McConnell, soon to be Se...
What Not To Wear To A Comet Landing
Randall Munroe Is On The Case
They Are Who We Thought They Were (Republicans And Their War On Our Kids)
How to be literate in what's changing journalism
In my 'digital thinking' class, the goal is for students to emerge fully literate in the changes affecting journalism. Here are the main currents and trends ...
Sunday sampler
La Lucha Continua…With A Sideways Reason To Keep Fighting From The (A) Good Doctor
Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News
No. Those Clothes Don't Make You Look Thin
Sunday sampler
Chris Quinn, vice president for content at the Northeast Ohio Media Group… What's up?
There is something going on at the news organization formerly known as the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the world should know about. It's not hard to describe...
Monty Python Was A Documentary
Not Even Trying To Hide It
Will radio save science journalism?
WNYC will soon have a new health unit
Climate change coverage at a crossroads in Australia
Conservative news outlets News Corp and Fairfax Media tend to control the message
A digital transformation for Science
In transitioning to a new magazine model, the publication's challenges are familiar
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"
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...