Journalism & Media

"Texas Senate OKs Fracking Disclosure Bill"

"The U.S. Forest Service is weighing tighter restrictions on aerial fire retardant drops as part of a long-running legal battle over the environmental effects of pouring millions of gallons of the chemical mixture on Western wildlands every year.

Retardant use has soared in recent decades as wildfires have grown larger and more houses have been built on the wildland edge. Nationally, federal and state agencies apply an average of more than 28 million gallons a year, the vast majority of it in the West and much of that in California.

Nearly a third of the retardant used by the Forest Service in the last decade has been in California, where urban development abuts fire-prone wildlands and weather and terrain regularly produce monster blazes.

The proposed limits, outlined in a recently released environmental document, are not expected to cut overall usage. Rather, they are intended to reduce drops on and near waterways, where they can kill fish, and to slightly expand the acreage that is off limits to retardant releases for ecological reasons."

Bettina Boxall reports for the Los Angeles Times May 30, 2011.

Source: LA Times, 05/30/2011

Stoking the EJ Conversation: SEJ Looks at Social Media Upgrades and Wants Members’ Input

SEJ News


Can we Talk? You betcha! Well, once a year at SEJ’s annual conference. Until that stimulating confab rolls around again, the more apt question is: Can we Post, Link and Tweet to share ideas and thus enhance our collective pursuit of environmental journalism?

SEJ Launches New Online Freelance Directory To Connect Writers and Editors

SEJ News


Freelance environmental journalists — are you looking for assignments in all the wrong places?

Editors and producers — do you despair of finding just the right freelancer for your publication or show?

Let the Society of Environmental Journalists’ new freelance directory play matchmaker. After all, when journalists who know the difference between PVC and PCB write about the environment, everyone benefits.

June 15, 2011

DEADLINE: OWAA 2nd Annual Goldenrod Writing Workshop

Open to both novice communicators and published professionals, the Outdoor Writers Association of America workshop (Jul 31-Aug 6, 2011) in Missoula, MT is designed to improve skills in outdoor, nature and environmental writing. Enrollment is limited to 30 students and is on a first come, first served basis. Apply by June 15th (requires a $250 non-refundable deposit).

Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) Reporter Tools

Reporting guides written by seasoned investigative reporters offer helpful techniques for conducting interviews and using data. Tech Tools offers dozens of free tutorials and videos on branding, website development, blogging, digital audio and podcasting, taking and managing digital photos, shooting and editing video, scripting and voiceovers, and online reporting techniques like crowd-sourcing.

June 8, 2011

Taking on Hyperlocal: Lessons Learned From a High-Profile Start-Up


This Webinar is for anyone who is managing or creating a local news start-up or who is interested in a hyperlocal news distribution case study. The cost of this one-hour Webinar (2-3 p.m.) is $27.95. 



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