Journalism & Media

As EPA, Other Agencies Muzzle Staff, WatchDog Issues Leaker's Guide

At a time when government information may be harder than ever to access, WatchDog offers a unique guide to leaks that reporters can offer potential whistleblowers. Also in the latest column, sealed records on a weedkiller-cancer connection, secret talks on coal-ash regs and more. 

"With Trump in Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website"

"Within moments of the inauguration of President Trump, the official White House website on Friday deleted nearly all mentions of climate change. The one exception: Mr. Trump’s vow to eliminate the Obama administration’s climate change policies, which previously had a prominent and detailed web page on whitehouse.gov."

Source: NY Times, 01/23/2017

The Art of the Essay for Science and Environment Writers

What makes for an effective science or environment essay? Freelance Files contributor Michelle Nijhuis explores universal qualities of the best work: It begins with a persistent question that sets the essayist off on a journey of discovery. Also, practical tips on how to get published beyond the essay departments of major magazines.

Exxon Continued Paying Millions To Climate Deniers Under Tillerson

"The company, led by Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, has supposedly shifted its stance on global warming. But the receipts suggest otherwise."

"Exxon Mobil Corp. promised nine years ago to stop donating to groups that spread misinformation about climate change. Yet between 2008 and 2015, the oil giant’s charitable arm gave over $6.5 million to groups that deny that burning fossil fuels is causing global warming, a new analysis shows.

Source: Huffington Post, 01/10/2017
June 12, 2017

DEADLINE: High School Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop

Based at Boston University, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting’s Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop is a perfect opportunity for U.S. and international high school students to learn more about journalism, including new and valuable skills. Choose from three sessions.

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

News Hack Arizona

News Hack Arizona is Feb 18-19 on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. The training is hands-on group work to learn to use sensors to collect your own data for stories. The sensors can measure noise and air quality among other things.

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