Journalism & Media

April 13, 2016

Sensor Reporting for the Environment Workshop

John Keefe, senior editor for Data News & Journalism Technology at WNYC, is your guide for this hands-on, 3-hour evening workshop at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on how we can use sensors to gather data — on air and water quality, soil pollution, temperatures and more- for engaging environmental stories. Discount for SEJ members.

"Maine Rail Cargo Secrecy Law Bypassed Public Access, Safety Defenses"

"After a runaway oil train killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, just miles from the Maine border in 2013, Mainers demanded to know more about the state’s railways."

"City Fails To Warn Chicagoans About Lead Risks In Tap Water"

"More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 02/10/2016

"Flint E-Mails: CDC Voiced Concerns Over Legionnaires' Actions"

"More than eight months before Gov. Rick Snyder disclosed a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area, federal health officials worried a lack of cooperation in Michigan could be hampering the public health response."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 02/10/2016
February 10, 2016

DEADLINE: Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) Program

A collaboration between Project Word and Investigative Reporters and Editors, FIRE is a one-year pilot project for a program to help independent journalists by providing two services: a complimentary help desk and a virtual newsroom. Deadline is Feb 10, 2016.

Flint Hearing Raises Freedom of Information Concerns

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's openness has been a major issue throughout the crisis of contaminated drinking water in Flint, which has caused lead poisoning of some children. One aspect of the openness issue is the ability of agency employees to speak with journalists; another is unfulfilled FOIA requests.

SEJ Member Spotlight: Bill Funk

Bill Funk began his career in environmental journalism from an unlikely place — law school. After graduating from Vermont Law School with a Master's in Environmental Policy and a JD, he decided that instead of litigating environmental issues he’d rather write about them. Coming from a non-traditional journalism background hasn’t slowed his progress as a journalist though – Bill received four, count’em, four fellowships and awards in 2015.

"Amid Denials, State Workers In Flint Got Clean Water"

"In January of 2015, when state officials were telling worried Flint residents their water was safe to drink, they also were arranging for coolers of purified water in Flint's State Office Building so employees wouldn't have to drink from the taps, according to state government e-mails released Thursday by the liberal group Progress Michigan."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 01/29/2016


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