Journalism & Media

Shroud of Secrecy Covers Oil Trains And Safety of Their Infrastructure

"When crude oil arrives at a refinery in South Philadelphia or Marcus Hook or Paulsboro, the refinery must have a public plan outlining the hazards, a detailed response to possible accidents, and worst-case scenarios for disasters that could endanger hundreds of thousands of people. Not so the trains carrying oil to the refineries."

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 05/26/2015
June 26, 2015

DEADLINE: Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression created the Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship this year in memory of award-winning journalist Bob Carty, a tireless defender of free expression and press freedom for all Canadians. Recipient will receive up to $7,000 for a project that contributes to the protection and analysis of free expression issues in Canada. Apply by Jun 26, 2015.

"The Truth Behind Peabody's Campaign To Rebrand Coal as a Poverty Cure"

"The story Linda Jing tells in the video is slick and persuasive: she was a girl from a poor village forced to study by candlelight because there was no electricity until coal-fired power plants arrived, transforming her destiny and that of China."

Source: Guardian, 05/20/2015

Despite FOIA, EPA Press Policy Remains a Puzzle Palace

In response to the WatchDog's request for the U.S. EPA's press policy, EPA seems to be saying that it doesn't have one. Or that paradoxically EPA staff can talk to reporters but are forbidden to talk to reporters. Or that EPA does not respond to requests for information. Even though the WatchDog finally got a partial response to its June 10, 2014, FOIA request for EPA policies on news media access to EPA employees on April 29, 2015, nothing was revealed. Puzzled? So are we.


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