Journalism & Media

April 30, 2014

Groundtruth and Airwaves: Sensor Networks and Emerging Technology for Environmental Journalism

Working journalists from around the world will join a panel of technology experts and research scientists at UC Berkeley to explore opportunities and challenges found at the nexus of DIY sensors, crowdsourced data, and environmental and health journalism. 1-5 p.m. Advanced registration required.

Freelance Pitch Slam & Meet-Up

Got an idea for an environment-related story or a book proposal? SEJ and Capital Public Radio offer you the opportunity (Apr 11, 2014, 5-7 p.m., in Sacramento) to get some feedback on your ideas and meet up with fellow SEJ members. You’ll have two minutes to pitch stories to a panel of news and magazine editors and three minutes to pitch book ideas to a publisher’s representative. RSVP by Apr 9th.

J-Groups Seek Coalition To Address Press-Office Obstacles

Some major U.S. journalism organizations are increasingly fed up with federal public affairs offices acting "more like prison guards than gate-keepers." The latest outbreak of frustration was at a March 19, 2014, panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Read comments by panelists — who agreed that the situation would not get better without organized and creative pushback from journalists.

SEJ Asks "Who's in Charge?" at EPA

It was a crisis. Charleston, WV, residents had just been told not to drink city water because of a chemical spill upstream of its intake. It would seem routine to call the US EPA and ask for information or comment — and that's just what prize-winning Charleston Gazette reporter Ken Ward Jr. did. He waited a week for EPA to get back to him on the record. SEJ wants to know why such communication delays at EPA have become the norm.

Sunshine Week 2014: Hard Fight for Open Government Far from Won

Spin control and the security state may have taken large bites out of the First Amendment in recent years, but the pushback celebration known as Sunshine Week has never been more robust. Pushing for open government is a trend. Nowhere is this more true than on the environment and energy beats.

April 13, 2014

SHOWTIME's "Years of Living Dangerously"

"YEARS" is a documentary series, airing exclusively on SHOWTIME beginning Sunday, Apr 13, 2014, where "Hollywood’s brightest stars and today’s most respected journalists explore the issues of climate change and bring you intimate accounts of triumph and tragedy." SEJ members were invited to an exclusive online preview screening and subsequent discussion and Q&A on Apr 2, 2014 with Executive Producer David Gelber, YEARS Correspondent + Executive VP of Conservation International M. Sanjayan, and Chief Science Advisors Heidi Cullen, Ph.D.,and Joe Romm, Ph.D., moderated by Peter Dykstra, Publisher of DailyClimate.org and Environmental Health News. Now the public is welcome to go here for the trailer video, an overview of the series, bios, FAQs, extras, and show schedule.

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