Media Notes

EHS scientists and fellows critique media coverage.

Heidi Cullen joins Weather Channel Climate 25 Project.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Jun 11, 2015 12:11 PM |

Climate Central's Chief Scientist Heidi Cullen has been picked by The Weather Channel as one of the top voices for the climate for The Climate 25 project.

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Bees in bonnets (and purses).

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Jun 08, 2015 10:42 AM |

Apparently, there's an unwritten rule in the news business that any story about bees must contain at least one obvious, labored (bee-labored?) pun. It doesn't matter if the actual news being reported is dire—reporters and now bloggers seem oblivious to the cognitive dissonance involved in juxtaposing terrible news with a bad pun. May Berenbaum, Oxford University Press.

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Ecuador's president urges Brad Pitt to scrap Amazon oil spill movie.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at May 18, 2015 06:40 AM |

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has asked Brad Pitt to abandon plans for a new film chronicling US oil giants’ victory in the face of a multibillion-dollar lawsuit for polluting the Amazon. Ben Child, The Guardian.

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Hey scientist! Are you ready to talk to the media…?

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at May 12, 2015 07:20 AM |

A scientist recently published two research papers on climate change in ocean systems, both with a significant media splash. She shares what worked  for her in dealing with the media and what she still needs to practice. Sarah E. Moffitt, Medium.

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Facebook use polarizing? Site begs to differ.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at May 08, 2015 07:10 AM |

After analyzing how 10.1 million of the most partisan American users on Facebook navigated the site over a six-month period last year, researchers found that people’s networks of friends and the stories they see are in fact skewed toward their ideological preferences. The New York Times.

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There’s finally an increase in environmental journalism, but it’s inconsistent. Here’s how to fix that.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at May 07, 2015 11:13 AM |

Last week, the nonprofit Project for Improved Environmental Coverage came back with some good news. Its latest report found that for the first time since 2010, mention of environmental topics in media stories increased in 2014, by a solid 17 percent. But the improvement wasn’t consistent across all platforms. Columbia Journalism Review.

Read More…’s video using Google Earth will help you understand the damage in Nepal.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at May 06, 2015 08:44 AM |

Employing reporters overseas is a luxury few media outlets can afford. But, a globally focused social news venture by First Look Media, has again shown how journalists can add value to international coverage without setting foot on foreign soil. David Uberti, Columbia Journalism Review.

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Beyonce beats environment as media favors celebrity news.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Apr 23, 2015 06:17 AM |

Pity the trees. For U.S. newspapers and television, celebrity articles and gossip trump stories about the environment by a wide margin. Jeremy Van Loon, Bloomberg News.

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Why you shouldn’t only get your climate change news from the mainstream media.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Apr 22, 2015 08:22 AM |

A climate change awareness campaign created a successful spike in online attention, say the authors of a new academic analysis that crunches vast amounts of Web data to compare how differently Twitter and the mainstream media handle the subject of climate change. The Washington Post.

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‘A Danger on Rails’.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Apr 21, 2015 12:55 PM |

As this Op-Doc video shows, there are reasons to be very concerned about this increased train traffic, which is directly related to the boom in oil and gas drilling in the Midwest. The New York Times.

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The most concerning element of Facebook’s potential new power.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Apr 16, 2015 03:08 PM |

Facebook will not destroy the independence of news organizations overnight. But as it amasses even more power that we willingly hand over, we shouldn’t be surprised if it turns against us. Columbia Journalism Review.

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Access denied: Reporters say federal officials, data increasingly off limits.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Mar 31, 2015 01:28 PM |

Journalists say the lid on public information has grown tighter under the Obama administration, whose chief executive promised in 2009 to bring “an unprecedented level of openness” to the federal government. Paul Farhi, The Washington Post.

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Journalists have to decide what to do about candidates who are climate change denialists.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Mar 23, 2015 12:59 PM |

Claims that climate science is a hoax, that human action is not a factor: these are not just positions in a normal debate. They are ways of saying — saying to the press — hey, the evidence doesn’t matter.

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EHN's Brian Bienkowski awarded for public health reporting.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Mar 20, 2015 01:05 PM |

Environmental Health News' Brian Bienkowski was awarded third place in the Association of Health Care Journalists' Public Health, small market reporting category for 2014.

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How the Guardian launched its climate change campaign.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Mar 13, 2015 06:10 AM |

Climate change is the biggest story journalism has never successfully told. The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, has decided to change that.

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'Merchants of Doubt' emails spark fiery debate about strategies of climate skeptics.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Mar 10, 2015 05:30 AM |

Before the release this Friday of the documentary "Merchants of Doubt," S. Fred Singer sought the advice of nearly 30 climate skeptics about their chances of halting the movie and whether he should sue Naomi Oreskes, who co-authored the book on which it's based. Evan Lehmann, ClimateWire.

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Why does the media have a blindspot on food science?

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Mar 04, 2015 06:46 AM |

Recent claims about the safety of certain supermarket foods highlights the lack of awareness that the media has when it comes to food science. Robin Bisson, The Guardian.

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Camille Seaman traveled to Alaska to document melting ice.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Mar 02, 2015 08:10 AM |

It was by chance that Camille Seaman first travelled north — a bumped flight on Alaska Airlines led to a free trip to Kotzebue on the Bering Strait. Little did she know it was the beginning of a decade-long quest, an unshakable compulsion to photograph icebergs in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. Duncan McCue, CBC News.

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CNN’s Bill Weir explores the world’s threatened wonders.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Mar 02, 2015 07:49 AM |

In “The Wonder List,” an eight-part CNN series, Bill Weir, a seasoned foreign correspondent, and Philip Bloom, a talented filmmaker, roam five continents to examine cultures and ecosystems riding out humanity’s growth spurt like it’s a cresting wave. Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth.

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Call me a hack, just don’t call me an environmentalist.

Posted by Brian Bienkowski at Feb 19, 2015 08:02 AM |

Why do environmental journalists get accused of being campaigners if they point out climate change is happening? Louise Gray, Responding to Climate Change.

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