Journalism & Media

Fund for Environmental Journalism Winter 2014 Grantees

Thanks to generous funding from the Grantham Foundation and individual members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), a total of  $12,500 was awarded in grants for four journalism projects selected in SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism Fall/Winter 2014 cycle. In addition to the grant, SEJ provides mentoring support to any grantees requesting it.

Mentoring Match: Veteran Freelancer Guides Radio Rookie

SEJ News

By KAREN SCHAEFER and LANA STRAUB

SEJ's Mentor Program pairs veteran environmental reporters with less experienced SEJ members who want to improve their skills or learn new ones. But no two mentorships are alike. Mentor partners Karen Schaefer, an Ohio-based freelance journalist and independent radio producer, and Lana Straub, who is pursuing a similar career in Texas, offer their take on what a great mentoring experience can be.

Committing to Collaboration: How Two Freelancers Pulled Off a Cross-Pacific Partnership

Fukushima / Chernobyl project collaborators Winifred Bird (left) and Jane Braxton Little.
             Photo courtesy of Jane Braxton Little

Freelance Files

By WINIFRED BIRD and JANE BRAXTON LITTLE

February 16, 2015

DEADLINE: IRP Reporting Trip to Nepal

The International Reporting Project (IRP) invites applications for an expenses-paid group reporting trip on health and development in Nepal, particularly in light of the upcoming end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the potential adoption of Sustainable Development Goals. Deadline to apply for the Apr 25-May 7, 2015 trip is Feb 16th.

"Who Needs Lobbyists? See What Big Business Spends To Win American Minds"

"Forget lobbying. When Washington, D.C.’s biggest trade associations want to wield influence, they often put far more of their money into advertising and public relations, according to a new Center for Public Integrity investigation."

Source: Ctr for Public Integrity, 01/16/2015

"Utilities-Backed Dark Money Group Sparking Energy Debate in Michigan"

"Though partisan gridlock is the political buzzword of the day, it's another kind of grid that's making political sparks fly in Michigan. There, two powerful utility companies — Consumers Energy and DTE Energy — control the lion's share of the electric grid and appear to be behind a new advocacy effort that coincides with the start of a new legislative session."

Source: Sunlight Foundation, 01/16/2015

Waiting for Ansel Adams: Will 114th Congress Legalize Park Photography?

You may have read in recent WatchDogs about controversial federal laws and rules that could restrict photojournalism in federal parks, forests, and rangelands. Now comes the "Ansel Adams bill" that would make it legal to do an activity that is Constitutionally protected. Only someone has to introduce the bill. Photo: Ansel Adams, by J. Malcolm Greany.

Arrest of Four Near Hog Farm Tests Utah's "Ag Gag" Law

One way to deal with bad press is to make it illegal. Exposés of inhumane conditions at feedlots and slaughterhouses are being made illegal by state legislatures that pass "ag gag" laws. Now a case in Utah is challenging whether industrial agriculture's claims of secrecy trump the eating public's right to know. Image: Sows in 7'x2' Smithfield Foods gestation crates. By Humane Society of the US [CC], 2010.

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