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Iowa Outlaws Some Undercover Investigations As Other States Mull Bills

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (pictured) signed the so-called "Ag Gag" bill into law March 2, 2012, making it a crime to obtain access to an agricultural facility "under false pretenses" — without defining "false pretenses." Does this apply to hidden cameras? Animal rights activists have often resorted to hidden cameras — and shared with news media photos and videos of shocking cruelty to animals.

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"Animals: Iowa, First State To Criminalize Undercover Investigation"

"On Friday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill designed to thwart activists who go undercover to report animal abuse. This makes Iowa the first state in the country to pass such a law; Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah are considering them. Undercover investigations, including videos and photographs, are a principal tool used by activists of all stripes to document abuse cases and have led to legislative reforms, prosecutions and even facility closures around the country."

Source: LA Times, 03/06/2012
November 26, 2014

SEJ Toronto Pub Night

The SEJ and the Canadian Science Writers' Association are having a pub night in Toronto at 7:30 p.m. on Nov 26th. Join us for a pint and to chat about science and environmental issues from a journalistic point of view. SEJ member Stephen Leahy will talk about his new book, "Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products."

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April 19, 2012 to April 22, 2012

Health Journalism 2012

The 14th annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, April 19-22, 2012, in Atlanta, GA, offers skill-building workshops, panel discussions, visits to area research sites, speakers, news briefings, opportunities for freelancers, and more — all to aid reporters, editors and news producers in better covering the latest health issues.

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March 16, 2012

DEADLINE: Travel Assistance for AHCJ Annual Conference, Atlanta

The Association of Health Care Journalists is offering travel assistance to journalists to attend their 2012 annual conference, April 19-22, in Atlanta, GA. Apply by Mar 16th.

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"Faulty Wire Error Blamed for 'Faster-Than-Light' Particles"

"A European experiment that in September showed particles moving faster than the speed of light has been exposed as a mistake due to a faulty wire connection, the US journal Science said Wednesday.

'A bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame,' said the report on the magazine’s website section Science Insider, citing 'sources familiar with the experiment.'

Source: af, 02/24/2012

"The Lorax: Blowing Smogulous Smoke"

"Fans of The Lorax have raised concerns that the new big-screen version is neglecting the environmental message of the beloved Dr. Seuss book. The movie doesn't come out until March 2, but the initial trailer and promotional materials ignited a round of complaints on the web. Now people are having a (rather justified) heart attack about the fact that The Lorax is now being used to cross-promote a new SUV."

Source: Mother Jones, 02/24/2012

"Will Your Kid Be Taught That Climate Change Is a Hoax?"

"One revelation from the recent Heartland Institute document leak is that the group is crafting a K-12 curriculum to teach kids that global warming is 'controversial.' Heartland officials have confirmed this. So is climate change set to join evolution as the next big classroom controversy?"

Source: Wash Post, 02/24/2012

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