Journalism & Media

March 15, 2016

DEADLINE: AGU Perlman and Sullivan Awards

Sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, these awards recognize excellence in feature and news reporting that enhances public awareness and understanding of the sciences encompassed by AGU: the study of the Earth, Sun, solar system, and their environments and components. $5,000 prizes. Deadline: Mar 15, 2016.

White House Issues Science Integrity and Openness Policy

"The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Friday issued long-awaited guidelines to prevent political interference in science and promote transparency at federal agencies, a move that drew cautious praise from activists in the scientific community who had been dismayed by an 18-month delay at the science office."

Source: LA Times, 12/20/2010

"The Real 'Glaciergate'"

The conservative Daily Telegraph yesterday published a headline saying glaciers were growing, when the story beneath it -- and the study it reported -- said glaciers were melting. That is, the headline stated the opposite of the truth, a convenience for deniers of climate change and opponents of regulating greenhouse gases. The Daily Telegraph's reputation on Fleet Street has been burnished in recent years by the publication of no less than four premature obituaries. Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones, pondering why the public are confused about climate change, concludes: "The press has really blown it on coverage of this and other issues of science on global warming in the past year."

Source: Mother Jones, 12/09/2010

"Washington Post's Lackluster Look at The EPA Debate"

"You might think it would be hard to produce a news article that is simultaneously a puffy profile of an important government official, a credulous conduit for her leading opponents, a feeble explanation of the actual political dynamic, and a lackluster treatment of substantive policy issues. But that’s what The Washington Post delivered last week with its story about Lisa Jackson, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the industry interests lining up to battle new regulations that the EPA is considering." Greg Marx criticizes the Post story in Remapping Debate December 7, 2010.

Source: Remapping Debate, 12/09/2010

"EPA Won’t Release Spruce Mine Alternatives Study"

"Despite promises of transparency, the US Environmental Protection Agency has refused to release a contractor study that apparently outlines less harmful alternatives to the Arch Coal's Spruce Mine mountaintop-removal project EPA is currently considering for a permit in West Virginia."

Source: Coal Tattoo, 12/02/2010

The Psychology of Climate Change Communication: A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public

The Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia University published on November 2009 a free, research-based guide for "Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public."

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