Journalism & Media

Forged in Fire: Author Follows the Flames, and Fights Them, to Cover the Changing Nature of Wildfires

The global rise of large-scale, intense and devastating wildfires is the subject of a new book by award-winning photojournalist Michael Kodas, who spoke with SEJournal's book editor about what makes these new fires so different, what role climate change plays and how he joined firefighters amid the flames.

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Harmful Algal Blooms Plague Polluted Summer Waters

The harmful algal blooms brought on by excessive nutrient pollution in warm summer waters can be dangerous to humans, animals and fish. Our latest TipSheet will help you cover the phenomenon, make the distinction between algae and toxic cyanobacteria, and point you to sources for forecasting outbreaks. 

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"Oil’s Pipeline to America’s Schools"

"Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma, were in for a treat. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, the students gathered in late November for story time with two special guests, state Rep. Tom Gann and state Sen. Marty Quinn. Dressed in suits, the Republican lawmakers read aloud from 'Petro Pete’s Big Bad Dream,' a parable in which a Bob the Builder lookalike awakens to find his toothbrush, hardhat and even the tires on his bike missing."

Source: NPR/CPI, 06/16/2017

"5 Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis"

"FLINT, Mich. — By the time Robert Skidmore, an 85-year-old former auto industry worker, died in late 2015, officials had seen signs for months that Flint was wrestling with outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, prosecutors say. Yet despite a wave of such cases in 2014 and 2015, no public warning was issued until early 2016."

Source: NY Times, 06/15/2017
July 31, 2017

DEADLINE: Tow-Knight Advanced Certificate Program

Launch your own media startup in New York! The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is accepting applications for the Jan-May 2018 Advanced Certificate Program. Scholarships available. Deadline: Jul 31.

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Senate GOPers Restrict Hallway Interviews -- Then Back Off Under Fire

TV network producers and crews were shocked mid-day Tuesday when officials told them they could not conduct on-camera interviews in Senate hallways without prior permission. After just a few hours of outrage, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), who had taken it on himself to issue the rule, backed down and seemed to rescind the order.

Source: EJToday Headlines, 06/14/2017
June 16, 2017

Poynter's SciFacts Workshop: Fact-Checking Claims About Science

Poynter will host a free one-day workshop to discuss the key challenges of reporting the facts about science at its campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. The workshop is specifically designed for reporters who have recently started covering the science beat or topics that include science, as well as anyone who writes about science. Seating is limited; apply asap.

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Award-winner Looks Ahead to Prospects of a Perfect Storm

Extreme weather hypotheticals can be hard to cover. But when news teams Texas Tribune and ProPublica partnered on an award-winning investigation into how a major hurricane in Houston could kill thousands and cripple the national economy, they produced an innovative digital reporting package that brought home the human impacts.

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No ‘Day at the Beach’ with Pollution-related Closures

Every summer, beaches are closed across the United States because of pollution that can bring disease to beachgoers. That suggests local stories, such as problems with sewage systems and algal blooms known as 'red tides.' The latest TipSheet shares resources and info to help you cover the local beach closure beat.

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