Journalism & Media

SEJournal Spring 2012, Vol. 22 No. 1

In this issue: Getting into the (Clean Water) Act; SEJ's grant program has real impact on reporting; indie enviro films at Sundance; election year buzzwords; sneak preview of SEJ's 2012 conference, Lubbock, Texas; web tool DocumentCloud brings documents to life; ex-CNN executive producer Dykstra returns to journalism; meteorologists as environmental journalists; SEJ members honored, produce videos, win awards and grants; and 5 book reviews! (Why wait 3 months for access to each quarterly issue? Get your Summer/Fall issue now: how to join or subscribe.)

Translating Science/Telling Stories: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Climate Change”

Co-sponsored by SEJ and the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, this fellowship opportunity is for journalists and scientists to discuss ways to better help the public appreciate the risks and understand the choices they, their communities, and their governments face, during this June 9, 2012 event in Cleveland, OH.

April 4, 2012

Instant Expert: Seth Borenstein Goes Deep on Deadline

SEJ member Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press will talk about the art of covering complicated, controversial topics with confidence and authority — even when deadline looms. Sponsored by NY University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. 4:00-6:00 p.m. in New York.

"Enviros Challenge Trade Secret Protections for Hydraulic Fracturing"

"Environmentalists have mounted a legal challenge against Wyoming regulators they say are improperly approving oil and gas companies’ 'overly broad,' boilerplate requests to shield information about the chemicals they use in drilling operations."

Source: FuelFix, 03/27/2012

"Japan in Uproar Over Censorship of Emperor's Anti-Nuclear Speech"

"There is a particularly sensitive accusation reverberating through online discussion boards and social media in Japan: that Emperor Akihito's speech on the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami was censored on TV for his comments about the nuclear disaster at Fukushima."

Source: Atlantic, 03/27/2012

"For Pennsylvania's Doctors, a Gag Order on Fracking Chemicals"

"Under a new law, doctors in Pennsylvania can access information about chemicals used in natural gas extraction—but they won't be able to share it with their patients. A provision buried in a law passed last month is drawing scrutiny from the public health and environmental community, who argue that it will "gag" doctors who want to raise concerns related to oil and gas extraction with the people they treat and the general public."

Source: Mother Jones, 03/26/2012
May 1, 2012

DEADLINE: AMS Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences

This American Meteorological Society Award recognizes outstanding science reporting and writing about scientific discoveries, principles, advances, and impacts in all media outlets including radio, television, newspaper, magazine, and online. Apply by May 1st.

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