Journalism & Media

Freelancers as Founders: Potential, Pitfalls of Digital Journalism Startups

In this excerpt from the latest issue of SEJournal, writer/editor Amy Westervelt relates lessons learned by herself and her freelance colleagues on the road to financial stability for their reporting endeavour, Climate Confidential. Photo: Westervelt speaks at the Nov 13, 2014, “Food Fight” in Brooklyn. Credit: Mariya Pylayev, Climate Nexus.

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Conservative ALEC Threaten Groups Criticizing It for Climate Denial

"Facing a loss of high-profile corporate sponsors, a conservative state-level policy group — the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — threatened action in recent weeks against activist groups that accuse it of denying climate change."

04/06/2015

"U.K. Government Scientists Hit With Media Restrictions"

"Advocates for science communication in the United Kingdom have expressed 'deep concern' about a change to the Civil Service Code for public workers, including researchers at government agencies. The three-sentence addition, put into place on 16 March, requires that all contact with media be approved in advance by the minister in charge of the relevant agency."

04/03/2015

It's Almost Impossible To Find Data On Oil & Gas Spills In Most States

"A new report from the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council has analyzed the data on spills and other violations at oil and gas wells across the country. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the report is how little data the group was able to turn up."

04/02/2015

Florida's Unspeakable Issue Leaves Climate Change Official Tongue-Tied

"The latest victim of Florida governor Rick Scott’s unwritten ban on state officials using the words “climate change” is his own disaster preparedness lieutenant, who stumbled through verbal gymnastics to avoid using the scientific term in a newly surfaced video."

03/24/2015

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