Witnessing the birth of today’s stars | Space | EarthSky

Reporting about the very far away is difficult, as journalists routinely rely on interviews and observation. Deborah Byrd, editor of long-running EarthSky.org, has written a classic example of a “discovery story” about scientific observation of the long ago and very far away.

She uses simples techniques and summary. I love the literal bottom line:

Bottom line: Astronomers have used radio telescopes to obtain a first-ever look at the distant galaxies where most of today’s stars were born, 10 billion years ago.

She starts with a similar summary. Then she explains the discovery, the tools that allowed it, and the challenge for observers. She uses comparison to familiar items — dust and mobile phones.

Read it via Witnessing the birth of today’s stars | Space | EarthSky

Covering politics in a “post-truth” America | Brookings Institution

We’ve achieved a lot more transparency in today’s Washington—without the accountability that was supposed to come with it.

Does it matter if we seek the truth and report it? Here’s a short history of covering politics from the “print is king” era to now — by a woman who has lived it: Covering politics in a “post-truth” America | Brookings Institution