"The Oil Plume Paradox" -- Conflicting Studies Frustrate Journos

"Pinpointing the amount of oil lingering in the Gulf of Mexico continues to be a source of frustration for journalists and scientists alike, with multiple, contradictory—if not necessarily “dueling” — research reports having been published on the subject over the last few weeks."

Curtis Brainard reports in The Observatory for Columbia Journalism Review August 26, 2010.


"Science Is Messy. Should We Tell The Readers? ... Our Editors?" (Knight Science Journalism Tracker)

"Questions on Covering Plume and Microbe Science" (The Daily Glob)

"Deep-Sea Plumes: a Rush To Judgment?" (Science News)

Source: CJR, 08/31/2010