I look to my left and see a sorrowful parent sitting on the curb, comforting his daughter. I look to my right, and I see notes of sympathy among many flowers. Around me, I hear people murmuring respects and singing in French. I’m in the middle of a vigil in the streets of Paris, a week after last month’s tragic…
Ah, Iris West: Jitters barista by day, intrepid chronicler of the Flash's superspeed shenanigans by night. But while The Flash has been off the air, we've been thinking that maybe Iris isn't Central City's best Citizen Journalist. In fact, she's actually the worst blogger on the internet, which is quite an achievement.
This past Monday, the Los Angeles Times was the first media outlet to report on the 4.7 magnitude tremblor that struck the region. Incredibly, it wasn't a human who wrote the post — but an automated system pre-programmed for the task.
A new ad by NGO Save the Children imagines a modern day London ravaged by war. Can science fiction convince people to help the children of real, war-torn countries?
Clickbait is the lowest form of social media journalism, full of sensationalized headlines, grumpy cats, and awful personal confessions. Most pundits complaining about it say that it's a new invention for the short attention spans of the internet age. But that's not true. Clickbait's history goes back to the…
Whoa, did The World newspaper ever get it catastrophically wrong on the morning after the sinking of the Titanic. Shockingly, they weren't the only ones.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's four-part series The Course of Their Lives is a fascinating and deeply affecting exploration of the dissection of human cadavers. The articles follow six students at the Medical College of Wisconsin through their gross anatomy course, as well as two people who have donated their bodies…
There's a ton of awful science reporting out there... but at least most of it comes from people misinterpreting scientific papers and skimming actual press releases. Meanwhile, there's one journalist, who went out looking for an "expert" to say that tattoos cause cancer.
People always bemoan the slow death of the newspaper industry, but to be fair many newspapers have had a significantly long run. Here are several papers from around the world that have weathered many centuries, and are still publishing today!
Over on Poynter, Craig Silverman has served up his excellent list of the best (and worst) media errors and corrections of 2012. The most viral correction of all was released by the New York Times after it ran this feature, which explores how people with autism spectrum disorders navigate the the uncertain emotional…
Fiction is intruding on reality and the very fabric of existence is at risk of being rent in twain! Say "what?" again! Wait, no. Motherfucking snakes and planes and such!
Neil Armstrong — the first man to set foot on the Moon, who shunned fame and was notoriously protective of his privacy — died Saturday. His passing has, of course, triggering an avalanche of media attention. The irony of this situation has been lost on precisely no one.
Self-plagiarism? Please. When it comes to questionable journalistic ethics, Jonah Lehrer is small fry. Clark Kent. Peter Parker. Lois Lane. These are the real culprits — the "stand up" citizens and "superheros" who make a mockery of the journalistic profession with their flagrant disregard for objectivity,…
Journalists don't always get the best rap in science fiction and fantasy. For every truth-pursuing scribbler, there's a horde of hero-slandering Rita Skeeters. But that doesn't mean the genre is completely without its ink-stained heroes. Here's our roster of all-stars.
Stephen Hawking is just the latest immensely respected scientist to posit life on other worlds: Back in 1912, Edmond Perrier, director of Paris' Museum of the Jardin des Plantes, did the same thing in the New York Times Magazine.