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Getting Past the Press Office: A Reporters Guide

This is a list of resources mentioned in the Oct. 6, 2017, concurrent session on "Working Around PIOs Who Don’t Live Up to Their Titles" at the SEJ Annual Conference in Pittsburgh.


"Top Tips for Getting Around the Press Office" from Joe Davis, Jamie Smith Hopkins, and other panelists.

EPA Leakers' Guide (four parts), by Joe Davis.


Toolbox: Searching for Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts (SEJ Workshop, Dallas, Apr 2017)

SEJ brought 44 member journalists to Dallas, Texas, April 20-23, 2017 for an expenses-paid workshop to examine the changing landscape of environmental regulation. Attendees heard from top experts in environmental law and the science of communicating to news consumers, as well as receiving training in FOIA, databases and key digital storytelling tools. Here are resources and tools from the workshop to aid you in your reporting. Photo: UC Berkeley prof/linguist George Lakoff; courtesy of Dale Willman.


Toolbox: Fracking Resources (SEJ/McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute on Shale Gas and Oil Development, June 2014)

Video coverage is available for the SEJ-hosted SRI on Shale Gas and Oil Development in Pittsburgh, PA., which helped journalists understand the legal, scientific, health and economic issues surrounding shale gas and oil development, and give them the context needed so that they can better inform their communities about these important topics.


Toolbox: Data Resources for Dams, Impoundments and Levees

Water control structures — dams, locks, weirs, reservoirs, impoundments, and levees — are a gold mine of environmental stories. They affect not only the quality of life in human communities, but also the integrity of ecosystems. There are a variety of databases and data resources that can help reporters get a better grip on the many stories that center on dams and levees.



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