Journalism & Media

Trendspotting on the Science Beat

In this excerpt from the new issue of SEJournal (Fall), "Inside Story" editor Beth Daley interviews Chemical & Engineering News' Cheryl Hogue, who won first place in SEJ’s 13th annual awards for outstanding beat reporting small market, for stories including how microbeads in personal care products impact the environment and how the Small Business Association has become a mouthpiece for industry on chemical issues. Photo: Microbeads on penny; courtesy 5 Gyres Institute.

BLM FOIA Office "Fails To Provide Public Records"

The growing number of threats and assaults against employees of federal land agencies in the West is certainly the public's business. But efforts to document it by High Country News using the Freedom of Information Act have been thwarted by the Bureau of Land Management's central FOIA office. Veteran journalist Ray Ring tells the sad tale in HCN.

SEJ Urges Obama to Take Stand on Bipartisan FOIA Bills

The Society of Environmental Journalists wrote President Barack Obama October 23, 2014, urging him to take a strong position supporting legislation that would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Bipartisan FOIA improvements may be one of the few pieces of legislation with a chance to clear the lame duck 113th Congress before control shifts to Republicans in 2015.

Chief Tidwell Directs Forest Service: No Permits, Fees for Journos

"News coverage on [National Forest System] lands is protected by the Constitution," wrote U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas L. Tidwell in a November 4, 2014, memo to agency leaders, "and it is our responsibility to safeguard this right on the lands we manage for all Americans. Journalists provide a critical public service, and this agency will ensure their access in the pursuit of that public service."

"Fracking Advocates Urged to Win Ugly by Discrediting Opponents"

"As he took the floor at the tony Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, the veteran Washington public relations guru had an uncompromising message for oil and gas drillers facing an anti-fracking backlash. 'You can either win ugly or lose pretty. You figure out where you want to be,' Rick Berman told the Western Energy Alliance, according to a recording."

Source: Bloomberg, 10/31/2014
November 6, 2014

The Chill in Canada's Climate Science: A CJFE Live Chat

Find out why our government is shutting the public out of environmental research, and what Canadians can do to thaw the chill around climate science. Join Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, 1-2pm on Nov 6, for an online interactive chat with Toronto Star environment reporter Raveena Aulakh and leading Canadian atmospheric scientist Dr. Tom Duck.

SEJ Member-Led Meet-Ups

Here is our listing of active SEJ networking groups around the U.S. and Canada. These are informal gatherings organized by SEJ members for the purpose of building and sustaining professional ties between environmental journalists and editors in all media. SEJ membership is not required.

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