Journalism & Media

Scientist's Efforts To "Persuade the Public" Have Professional Costs


Editor's note: The SEJournal likes to take note of outstanding posts to the SEJ-TALK listserve, where members share comments, concerns, frustration and successes in a members-only conversation. Sometimes, the posts are so noteworthy that they should be shared with a larger audience, like this one that follows from SEJ member William R. Freudenburg, Dehlsen Professor of Environment and Society at the University of California at Santa Barbara.*

Multimedia Training Smorgasbord Awaits You — Online


For some time now the Reporter's Toolbox has focused on hands-on instruction to help SEJers making the transition to multimedia journalism, including pieces on photography, audio, and how to do cool stuff online really easily. When I was fortunate enough to be selected recently to attend the Knight Digital Media Center's weeklong multimedia training program, I discovered the center's valuable treasure chest of online tutorials about various aspects of multimedia journalism.

Journalists Use Term "Green" More Often, But What Does It Mean?


"Green" seems to be the new black.

In November 2007, NBC Universal launched its first "Green Week." According to the company's Web site, the media giant presented more than 150 hours of "environmentally themed content across multiple platforms," and continues to hold twice-yearly weeks to deliver "green-themed content" to its viewers and online users.

Inside Story: Small Texas Daily Tackles Complex Issue By Focusing on a Basic Human Need: Safety

Denton Record-Chronicle city hall reporters Lowell Brown and Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe tackle environmental issues as part of their everyday coverage. SEJournal has the inside story on their award-winning shale-gas-drilling series, which revealed through one neighborhood's ordeal how land deals really work in Texas and the impacts of the controversial technology.

AP Correction: Lejeune Toxic Tap Water Story

"In a story Feb. 17 about contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune Marine base, The Associated Press made several errors. First, the AP reported erroneously that an environmental contractor omitted the cancer-causing chemical benzene from a final report on pollutants in a base well, part of a long-running review of contamination in the base's water supply. The contractor's 1994 report does list benzene as one of the contaminants in the well, although it does not say how much benzene was found."

Source: AP, 03/24/2010

Fund for Environmental Journalism

SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism provides grants for environmental reporting projects through a competitive process in two annual funding cycles. The next application deadline is November 15, 2015. Funding is available for story projects in three categories: 1) Open topic, including international; 2) coverage of land-use issues of North America; and 3) coverage of  biodiversity conservation and climate-change impacts in North America. Browse projects from previous rounds, made possible by talented journalists and generous donors. And please support the Fund by making a donation today.

April 9, 2010

Smart Phones for Smart Journalists

A technology event at the Freedom Forum with speakers from Mercury Intermedia, ESPN Digital Media, Lee Enterprises, and Ventura County Star.


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