The FCC's opportunity to bring all political ad spending online
In early August, the Federal Communications Commission responded to a petition by the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation call...
This Week in Politwoops: a lone cone, puppies and a pub
Deleted photo via Politwoops. In this week's roundup of deleted tweets from politicians archived by Politwoops, we examine a number of recent ex...
Influence Analytics: Climate change and narcotics occupy feds
Welcome to another edition of "Influence Analytics," a recurring series on trends in lobbying and regulations " on and off Capitol Hill " that Sunlight'...
This Week in Review: The danger of freelance foreign journalism, and Facebook goes after clickbait
This week's essential reads: The key pieces this week are The New York Times' Nick Bilton on the shortcomings of Twitter and livestreams in news about Fergus...
OpenGov Voices: Visualizing the U.S. budget and other civic tools
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...
Today in #OpenGov 8/29/2014
Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including a military grade lobbying effort, teaching OAS members about transparency, a...
Welcome to our first Reynolds Online Graduate Certificate students
Behind ProPublica's 'Losing Ground'
Sensors and Journalism: ProPublica, Satellites and The Shrinking Louisiana Coast
If BuzzFeed is a tech company, sure, I suppose GE can be a media company
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When it comes to chasing clicks, journalists say one thing but feel pressure to do another
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Today in #OpenGov 8/28/2014
Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including brewery politics, an "election" in Turkey, and Civic Ninjas.   National Ne...
Upcoming Events
Here’s more pessimism for print advertising
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A new report looks for lessons in successful (and unsuccessful) Knight News Challenge winners
http:/ / knightfoundation.org/ grants/ ?funding_option=1
Today in #OpenGov 8/27/2014
Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including dissapearing court documents, a framework for assesing social value in open ...
Stock market records mean little to households with no access to market
This media company wants to own staffers’ Twitter and Facebook accounts, even after they quit
http:/ / qz.com/ 253025/ the-times-of-india-just-instituted-a-bizarre-twitter-and-facebook-policy/
Event: The Price We Pay for Money's Influence on Politics
The height of the 2014 midterm election season is nearly upon us, generating unheard of sums of political spending, often coming from “dark money sour...
Maybe the homepage is alive after all: Quartz is trying a new twist on the traditional website front door
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Today in #OpenGov 8/26/2014
Keep reading for today's look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including big spending on digital political ads, more on Todd Park's career change, an...
How the Lobbying Top Tier explains an influence paradox
Measuring political influence is a hard problem. And depending on how you set about measuring it, you can come to very different conclusions. As a result, t...
Burger King bid for coffee shops puts fast food evolution in the spotlight
What is clickbait?
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What’s in a name? Three startups talk about the value of newsroom titles
http:/ / www.niemanlab.org/ 2014/ 08/ the-newsonomics-of-gannetts-newsrooms-of-the-future/ ?relatedstory
The newsonomics of Gannett’s “newsrooms of the future”
http:/ / www.niemanlab.org/ 2014/ 08/ ken-doctor-10-takeaways-from-gannetts-blockbuster-announcements/ ?relatedstory
The Verge threw a hackweek and invited everyone they know
http:/ / www.theverge.com/ label/ verge-hack-week-2014
Bloomberg View's Matt Levine on being a financial columnist
Chronicle the changing nature of jobs for a fresh take on Labor Day
This Week in Review: Twitter and press intimidation in Ferguson, and a journalist’s brutal execution
http:/ / www.nytimes.com/ 2014/ 08/ 18/ business/ media/ view-of-ferguson-thrust-michael-brown-shooting-to-national-attention.html?_r=0
Meet Mario Gutierrez, a great American
Karma is a bitch even — and maybe especially — if you're the U.S.
Market Basket's customers deserve credit, too
Bell House is closing, and here's why.
Finding a Better Way to Track Journalist Arrests in the United States
The James Foley video and bearing witness to evil
Letters to the editor: Now the News & Record is just trolling us
'I'm convinced to my core: The lack of such a database [of police killings] is intentional.'
What's in my name
Lookie here! Some honest-to-goodness voter fraud!
And these are the fiscal grownups
Greensboro Urban Ministry needs your help. Now.
When good journalists meet bad cops, sometimes the journalists get arrested.
Courage and terrorism in the Middle East
From Washington to Ferguson and Back Again in a Night
What New Haven could teach Ferguson about police video
Making sense of the violence in Ferguson
Blog like a journalist
New York Times sanitizes Bachmann on immigration
How Rupe got away with it
Journalism's Theory of Change
What is the frequency?
Some questions about a bicyclist and an enraged driver
Debating Participatory Journalism: Newsrooms, Campuses, Courts and Congress
Defining Civic Action Beyond Institutions in Journalism and Politics
Video: Journalism Sustainability and Community Engagement
Why the SCOTUS Cellphone Decision is a Win for Press Freedom
How can I help?
John Oliver on Journalism and Comedy
Fighting for Access: New Report on the State of Media Credentialing Practices in the United States
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?
Unoriginal sin
A brief argument for transparency
Republicans Got Nothing…
Verifying video and other information – crowdsourcing site Bellingcat now open
The crowdsourcing site Bellingcat " whose posts were previously only visible to donors " is now completely open. The site, launched by conflict blogg...
And the Internet Shall Make Us Free, Gender Equity Division
Absolution? Hell, no
Sunday sampler
'Wrong side of your Orwell, mister editor.' The New York Times falls down on the word torture.
These are my discussion notes to The Executive Editor on the Word Torture’, a letter to Times readers from Dean Baquet, August 7, 2014. 'It’s time to...
Welcome To Hell's Nightclub
Paywall content: Is it worth paying for?
Everything's Bigger In Texas, Even The Stupid…
Come reinvent TV news
Mass New Media Word Salad
Yes, I did just start a website for my MED581 Issues in media Ethics class called Mass New Media Citizen Ethics. My challenge was coming up with a name that ...
Transfer rumours, robot journalism and The Guardian: when it makes sense to put a poll BEFORE the article
Nice work by The Guardian (above) in their online reporting on transfer rumours: readers of each report are presented with a vote on whether they think th...
So Google scans email for dodgy images – should we be worried about scanning for sensitive documents?
You could be forgiven for not having heard of John Henry Skillern. The 41 year old is facing charges of possession and promotion of child pornography afte...
Making Social Science Relevant Again: Engaging Students Through Wicked Problems
Over the past decade, among the most frequently voiced criticisms of higher education is that universities are not adequately preparing students to be succes...
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
The banality of 'What We Know' about climate change
Can a "boring" AAAS report change the global warming conversation?
COM 589: COMMUNICATION, CULTURE & THE ENVIRONMENT (SPRING 2014)
COMM 589 COMMUNICATION, CULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (Formerly titled “Sustainability Communication) Spring 2014 Mondays | 8:55AM " 11...
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 conservatives to und...
American University Doctoral Students Investigate Media, Technology and Democracy
This Fall, a new cohort of 5 doctoral students will be joining the School of Communication at American University, embarking on a 3 year course of study that...
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 beyond, Geof...
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 learning about n...
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 who welcome ...
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 ethicists to en...
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 examining ...
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 government w...