"We already know that the broadcast media devotes very little time to climate change—and that, when it does, it often botches things. A new study shows another way in which the big three broadcast networks are getting it wrong when it comes to the fate of the planet. Specifically, the University of Michigan study said, what's lacking in climate change coverage is any idea of what could be done to curb it" Jack Mirkinson reports for the Huffington Post March 25, 2014.
The National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting (NICAR), the A-team of digital journalists and data sleuths, had a tremendous, cutting-edge meeting in Baltimore February 27-March 2. Whether you missed it or not, you will want a look at the tipsheets and tutorials thoughtfully compiled on NICAR's site. NICAR is an arm of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
"Guidelines for print news writing and web writing have been well established; however, guidelines for journalistic Twitter writing have not been fully explored. I developed some writing guidelines for a live-tweeting assignment in a digital journalism class, and these guidelines are everything that is taught in traditional journalism classes."
"Last week, after a second batch of climate science emails were publicly released, I got the sense that most science and environmental reporters assigned to cover the story were holding their noses. They dutifully reported the basics, but were not inclined to treat the latest disclosures as especially newsworthy, much less as a story with new revelations or wrinkles."
"A new, deeply flawed study on the climate’s sensitivity to greenhouse gas emissions reveals just how poorly the media understand key climate science issues. It also reveals how eager some in the media are to push the mistaken message that failure to act quickly and aggressively on GHG emissions would not be catastrophic." Joe Romm writes for Climate Progess November 27, 2011.