25 Apr '11, 9pm

Veteran Reporter: Journalists should report on climate change like they report on child abuse

There’s a rule of thumb they used to teach in journalism school. For every story, find at least three different sources, representing three different viewpoints, and make sure you give each of them the same amount of time/space in your story. It’s a rule I lived by during my 23 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. But as another longtime journalist recently pointed out, given all the money and special interests out there trying to influence the media and politicians today, that might not be the best rule for a journalist to follow anymore – at least not when it comes to subjects like climate change. Don Shelby spent 32 years in front of a TV camera as an investigative reporter and anchorman in Minneapolis. He now works for Minnpost.com , a Web site that’s quickly gaining a lot of respect and readership. After doing plenty of research, including taking courses on stati...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/bkeefe/longtime_journal...

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