Journalism & Media

EPA Crisis Communications Plan: Accurate, Timely, Approved Information

EPA's Plan, approved back on January 15, 2009, mandates giving "understandable, timely, accurate, and consistent information to the public." The plan laudably emphasizes coordination with other agencies  — but it also leads to strong message control.

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Railroads Won't Disclose Where — and When — 'Bomb Trains' Are Traveling

"The US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has doubled down on a demand that railroads notify state officials when large shipments of crude oil move through their towns, even as two of the largest rail companies fight in court to keep some of the information hidden from the public."

07/27/2015

"Feds Warn Railroads To Comply With Oil Train Notification Requirement"

"The U.S. Department of Transportation warned railroads that they must continue to notify states of large crude oil shipments after several states reported not getting updated information for as long as a year."

07/23/2015

Release-to-One, Release-to-All FOIA Pilot Shakes Some Journos

A new pilot program would make available to the public automatically and immediately any information released to an individual FOIA requester. But some journalists would rather not have their pending scoops revealed before they are ripe. Image source: U.S. government.

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July 31, 2015

DEADLINE: Reporter Fellowships to the UN Climate Negotiations

The Climate Change Media Partnership, led by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network, offers fellowship opportunities for journalists to attend the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Paris this December. Apply by July 31.

August 31, 2015

DEADLINE: Lorenzo Natali Media Prize

The European Commission rewards journalists for outstanding reporting on development and poverty eradication. Open to professional journalists working for all different media types, as well as amateur journalists, including bloggers, from Africa, the Arab world and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe. Cash prizes of €5000. Enter by Aug 31.

August 1, 2015

DEADLINE: ProPublica's Emerging Reporters Program

ProPublica is offering stipends to five minority students who work or want to work at college journalism outlets – newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. Receive $4,500 per semester, plus mentoring. Apply by Aug 1.

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