Journalism & Media

On Our Watch, Say Goodbye to Tigers

The quarterly SEJ President's Report in SEJournal normally examines an issue important to the future health of the Society of Environmental Journalists and what you as a member might do about it. This time, in the just-released Winter 2015 issue, Jeff Burnside's report examines a different set of responsibilities: whether journalism is asleep at the wheel in failing to sufficiently cover a looming, irreversible environmental issue. Our most iconic and beloved wild species are now on the precipice of extinction, functionally if not literally.

January 5, 2016

SEJ Meet-Up in NYC

New York SEJ members and friends, you're invited to our NYC New Year's meet-up happy hour. We'll come back from the Holidays with some fine drinks and discussion about some of the biggest environmental issues we'll be covering in 2016.

January 28, 2016 to January 29, 2016

The Promise & Perils of Nuclear Energy: A Workshop for Journalists

The Missouri School of Journalism invites journalists who cover energy, business, health and the environment to a workshop covering the risks and benefits of nuclear energy for healthcare, research and power generation. You'll obtain sources, story ideas and a better understanding of the science and strategies for telling complex stories. This event will be live-streamed.

USDA Muzzles Scientist Who Probes Neonic Pesticide, RNA Interference

"Until fairly recently, Jonathan Lundgren enjoyed a stellar career as a government scientist. An entomologist who studies how agrichemicals affect the  ecology of farm fields, he has published nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals ....  But recently, things have changed. His work has 'triggered an official campaign of harassment, hindrance, and retaliation' from his superiors, Lundgren alleged in an official complaint filed with USDA scientific integrity authorities last year."

Source: Mother Jones, 12/04/2015

Access to Places: A Few Basics for Journalists

The University of Missouri "safe space" incident on Nov 9, 2015 rekindled questions and debate about journalists' First Amendment right of access to spaces. One of the best practical guides to law on this issue is the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press publication, "A Reporter's Field Guide."

"Columbia Disputes Exxon Mobil on Climate Risk Articles"

"The dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism published a letter on Tuesday strongly disputing accusations by Exxon Mobil that journalists from the school had produced inaccurate and misleading articles about the company’s knowledge of the risks of climate change."

Source: NY Times, 12/02/2015

Exxon Takes Aim at Columbia University Journalists Over Climate Reports

"ExxonMobil is hurling ethics accusations against a team of Columbia University journalists whose reporting helped stoke calls for probes into whether the company deliberately misled the public about climate change."

Source: Politico, 12/01/2015

"Obama's Opaque Administration Makes It Harder To Cover Climate Change"

"Visiting Malaysia in November, Obama said he would raise concerns about government transparency and press freedom in his meeting with Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is embroiled in a financial scandal. At a town hall meeting, Obama spoke up for the press being 'able to report on what is happening in current affairs,' and for 'transparency and accountability.' Back home, though, Obama isn’t practicing what he preaches."

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