It’s hard enough to get reporters to write a story on the threats facing our oceans — but five? The L.A. Times did just that this week with its “Altered Oceans” series (also discussed by Kif here). And I’m not just talking about a couple hundred words buried on page seven; they brought out the big guns for this one. This series is a full multimedia package: videos, graphs, and enough photos to fill the national gallery of art.

While the bells and whistles are top-notch, it’s the content that makes this presentation blogworthy. I’d expect nothing less from Kenneth R. Weiss. He’s long been one of the leading writers on ocean issues.

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When Ken describes the threats facing our oceans, he does so without the sensationalist hype that plagues many reporters. Instead, his journalism is fact- and science-based, hard hitting, and yet you don’t need a PhD in marine biology to get the point. In fact, it’s right there in the title. Our oceans are altered, and we must act now to restore them.

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