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News Media Coalition Appeals Gag Orders in Blankenship Case

After a judge refused to reverse most of the secrecy ruling around the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster caused by Massey Energy's safety violations, including indictment of the company's former CEO, media outlets appealed. Now a coalition of many more media groups, led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, have filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing the secrecy ruling as unconstitutional.

Is Your Audience in an Oil Train Blast Zone?

After a February 16, 2015, oil train derailment and explosion in West Virginia, new concerns have arisen over the public's right to know about the dangers oil trains pose to communities. Now trackside communities have some data and maps to help them protect themselves. Image: AP Photo/ Office of the Governor of West Virginia, Steven Wayne Rotsch.

March 18, 2015 to March 22, 2015

Turning Protest Into Policy: Environmental Values and Governance in Changing Societies - Conference of the American Society for Environmental History

The 2015 ASEH annual conference, taking place in Washington, DC near Georgetown, will feature 11 field trips and more than 100 sessions discussing climate change, environmental justice, endangered species, public lands, energy policy, forestry management, natural disasters, and other topics. A large exhibit area will feature the latest research and scholarship in environmental history.

Journalism Groups Oppose Photo Fees and Permits in Va. Local Parks

A coalition of journalism and photography groups, including SEJ, objected to requirements for permits and fees for photography in the public parks of Fairfax County, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. In a February 4, 2015, letter to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), the 14 groups asked the agency to revise its rules to protect photojournalists' First Amendment rights.

West Virginia: "Bills Would Weaken Water Protections"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A year after a toxic leak contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents, West Virginia lawmakers are considering a series of proposals that would weaken a new chemical tank safety law, remove stronger pollution protections for streams across the state, and protect the coal industry from enforcement actions over violations of water quality standards."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 02/10/2015
January 31, 2015

DEADLINE: Google Journalism Fellowship

This program is for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. Fellows will spend Summer 2015 contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and from those forging new approaches to reporting to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age. Cash stipend. Deadline: Jan 31st.

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