Paul Raeburn

When Does ‘Fair Use’ Become Unfair?

In the United States, “fair use” is defined as having “the right to use copyrighted material without permissions or payment under some circumstances — especially when the cultural or social benefits or the use are predominant.” That seems straightforward, but it has puzzled journalists for decades.

The First Wave in a Long Goodbye

On Saturday, The New York Times unveiled a masterful, 20,000-word story that takes an unusual look at Alzheimer’s disease. Rather than focusing on the end stages of the disease, as many such stories do, the reporter follows Geri Taylor, a woman diagnosed just a few years ago.

Without Fear or Favor, But Maybe an Industry Partner

Can news outlets like Scientific American, a respected — even revered — source of science news, maintain the appearance of impartiality while accepting checks from companies they cover? And should respected journalists lend their names and reputations to such conferences by participating on the panels?

‘Today’ Show Proposes Fake Child Abductions

A ‘Today’ show producer was seeking parents willing to submit their children to a staged kidnapping. The children would know that “something” was going to happen, the producer said, but not precisely what. The goal of the experiment: To show how the youngsters defended themselves, and offer tips on how they could do it better.

Tracker 2.0: Rogue Press Officers

Tracker 2.0, now wearing fancier clothes and appearing as a regular column, will continue to turn a discerning eye on science journalism — the good, the bad, and the occasionally mystifying — with the hope that our analyses will help to keep science writing vibrant, alive, and free from temptation.

Malcolm Gladwell faces new charges of using others’ information without attribution.

This paragraph was plagiarized: In the mid-nineteenth century, workers began digging through Hoosac Mountain, a massive impediment nearly five miles thick, for a rail line to connect Boston to the Hudson River. The project would cost more than ten times the budgeted estimate. If the people involved had known that, the line would not have