Journalism & Media

August 25, 2014

DEADLINE: China Now: Entrepreneurship and More 2014

The National Press Foundation and Fudan University are collaborating to offer a 10-day, all-expenses-paid fellowship in Shanghai, China for U.S. journalists, Nov 13-22, 2014. Meet with scholars, business leaders and Chinese journalists in and around Shanghai to explore issues such as China’s globalizing economy; air and water pollution and the growth of “green” industry; the impact of an aging population; and more. Apply by Aug 25th.

Senate Kills Bill With Fees, Permits for Photogs in Parks

A sloppily written provision that could have opened the door wider for federal land managers to charge fees or require permits for news photography died in the Senate July 10, 2014, along with the "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Bill" to which it was attached. SEJ and other media groups had objected to the language. According to the AP, the bill "would have opened more federal lands to hunters and other sportsmen, increased funds for shooting ranges and blocked government curbs on bullets and fishing gear containing lead."

SEJ, 37 Journalism Groups Urge Obama to Stop PIO Spin at Fed Agencies

SEJ is hardly alone in complaints about EPA's press office gagging agency employees who might talk to reporters. In a July 8, 2014 letter, 38 journalism groups called on President Obama to stop the political spin of information at many federal agencies. Reminding Obama of his still-unkept promise to run the most transparent administration in history, the groups complained about widespread "politically driven suppression of news and information."

July 17, 2014

Seattle-Area Meet-up for SEJ Members and Friends

Join SEJ members and other journalists and friends from 7:30-9 p.m. for a brew and conversation.

"Influence Game: Shaping Railroad Safety Rules"

"WASHINGTON — A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules. Billions of dollars are riding on how these rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration."

Source: AP, 07/14/2014

SEJ Objects to Sportsmen's Act Section Affecting Public Lands Reporting

SEJ and five other journalism groups sent a letter July 8, 2014 objecting to a bill up for debate on the US Senate floor this week that could restrict the ability of journalists to report on stories in National Parks, National Forests and other public lands. Photo: Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Courtesy U.S. NPS.

"How the Sweetener Industry Sugar-Coats Science"

"Food companies have spent billions of dollars to cover up the link between sugar consumption and health problems. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)."

Source: Mother Jones, 06/25/2014

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