A powerful lens from a long distance allows a shot that the naked eye might not see. We allow magnification to show microscopic life without calling it distortion. But when we use magnification in contexts we usually can see, it can really confuse us.
This National Public Radio story (7 min 47 sec) works on many levels.
— It explains that scientific studies have limits. They can only report on what was found, not on what was not or on the ramifications of the findings. They report only the findings.
— It uses a discussion format, rather than a narrative, to explain terms and concepts.
— It includes comments and questions from listeners.
— It helps define the terms. “Organic” has a regulated definition.
This CBS story gives the “Wheat Belly” doctor full control of the story. How legitimate are his claims about the ill effects of eating wheat? What would wheat growers or crop scientists say? What exactly is the history of the protein called gliadin? Is it new like the doctor says? These are the kinds of questions we need answered by journalists.
We don’t always get ethics, citizen journalism, mobile phone reporting, sensitive photo , social media, and spelling all in one article, but here goes. This doesn’t really need a post, just a collection of taglines.
Warning: graphic photo depicts death
One day in Glacier National Park, we hiked through giant cedar, hemlock and black cottonwood trees to Avalanche Lake. The cedars were so large, it would take three people holding hands to encircle one. The next day, we hiked the Apgar Lookout trail, through the forest that burned in 2003. (That fire caused us to cancel our trip planned then and we are now getting here 9 years later.) Pines have grown back on Apgar trail to just the right size for a Christmas tree in a small apartment — 5 feet tall and skinny. I could encircle the trunk with my thumb and forefinger. Small but growing, burned but not obliterated.