Journalism & Media

"Communicating On Climate Change": An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists, and Educators


 The science of climate change can be daunting. While the basic idea of anthropogenic warming is fairly simple and well understood, the mechanics behind it can be quite complex. Chemistry, physics, and biology all play critical roles.

Amid that complexity, public skepticism has flourished, especially in the U.S. As warnings grew sharper and other nations embraced ambitious plans, Americans remained largely skeptical of the basic idea that humans are warming the globe.

Spreadsheets Can Find Patterns in Words, Not Just Numbers


 Reporters traditionally use spreadsheets to analyze numbers and quickly calculate thousands of records.

But increasingly they also use them to analyze words and to find patterns in their notes. You don't have to know a mean from a median in those spreadsheets to uncover a hot story angle, rule out dead ends or keep yourself organized during a complex investigation.

The 'Unreadable' Thing: John McPhee On The Craft Of Writing


You might think writing comes easy to John McPhee.

He's been at it more than 40 years, after all, producing 27 books, writing for The New Yorker since 1964 and teaching writing at Princeton since 1975. And, oh yes, he has that Pulitzer Prize. All those years and words and accomplishments ought to add up to confidence – even hubris, perhaps – when turning a sea of complex detail, facts and characters into smoothly flowing narrative.


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