Journalism & Media

Media Critic: Who Will Do Regional or Local Investigations in Science?


Whether it's the latest climate change research or a fresh take on the impact of the newspaper world's implosion on science and environment coverage, Columbia Journalism Review's Observatory is a key online resource.

Its mission: Critique science and its coverage. Curtis Brainard, The Observatory's editor, took time recently to answer a few questions from the SEJournal about his blog — everything from how it operates to his views on key upcoming issues.

August 12, 2009

DEADLINE: McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute on Energy Solutions

This all-expenses-paid conference will convene September 20-22 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Co-hosted by the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Ohio State's Institute for Energy and the Environment, and Battelle.

August 6, 2009

DEADLINE: National Health Journalism Fellowships

Call for Applications! Reporting grants and all-expenses-paid
Health Journalism Fellowships, Oct. 4-9, 2009, at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism on Los Angeles.

July 31, 2009

DEADLINE: 2010 Kiplinger Fellowships

The 24-week Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism provides the time and training you need to report and produce in-depth multimedia public affairs projects.

In These Hard Times, Enviro Stories Take Major Prizes, Honors


Wildfires. Toxic chemicals in everyday life. Lax federal regulation. Overseas dumping of U.S. waste. Coal ash.

Coverage of those environmental subjects by a variety of news outlets was honored recently in three major national journalism competitions – the 2009 Pulitzer Prizes, 2008 George Polk Awards and the 2008 Sigma Delta Chi Awards of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Pulitzer and SPJ winners were announced in April, the Polk winners in February.


Book Shelf, Book 2 – Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss


It began with a tip about a report from the NationalAcademy of Sciences titled "Compensating for Wetland Losses Under the CleanWater Act." A real page turner.

Craig Pittman, who had been covering environment issues for The St. Petersburg Times for five years, was blown away by the document's indictment of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. He figured it was time to cover the statewide picture, not just report one loss at a time as wetlands disappeared.


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