Journalism & Media

USDA Rejects Scientist's Claim It Tried To Hide His Pesticide Research

"Federal officials have rejected a complaint by an entomologist who charged that the government has tried to suppress negative research findings about a widely used pesticide, in a complex case involving monarch butterflies, scientific freedom and the safety of the nation’s food supply."

Source: Guardian, 03/01/2016

Oregon Didn't Tell Portland Schools About Alarming Lead Soil Readings

"Two state agencies leading Oregon's emergency response to toxic air pollution concerns in Portland have known for a month that a soil test at Cleveland High School found high levels of arsenic and lead contamination. Yet neither the Oregon Health Authority nor the Department of Environmental Quality have shared the soil result with Portland Public Schools, which instead learned about it Friday from The Oregonian/OregonLive."

Source: Portland Oregonian, 02/29/2016
April 6, 2016

Kavli Conversations on Science Communication at NYU

The Spring 2016 series of live webcasts, hosted by NYU's Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program and moderated by the Wall Street Journal's Robert Lee Hotz, began with climate change on Feb 24. Upcoming events include physics (Mar 9), genetic modification (Apr 6), the neuroscience of violence (Apr 20), human evolution (May 4), followed by additional events in the fall.

"Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Flint Was Met With Silence"

Michigan officials still say they cannot conclusively link an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease to Flint’s contaminated water supply, partly because sputum cultures were not collected from patients. But the possibility of a link was raised in internal government emails as early as October 2014, and state officials did not inform the public of the outbreak until last month.

Source: NY Times, 02/23/2016

Memo to Energy, Business, Science and Health Reporters

Fellow Journalists, we have a lot in common. We’ve read many of your stories on issues surrounding energy, business, science and health. We couldn’t help noticing a common link in so many of your stories: The environment. Those of us at the Society of Environmental Journalists think we are a very good fit for you. Read all the reasons why, by board president Jeff Burnside in the new issue of SEJournal.

February 29, 2016

DEADLINE: Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Open Road Films and Participant Media, with support from First Look Media, are sponsoring a fellowship of up to $100,000 to be awarded by The Boston Globe for one or more individuals or teams of journalists to work on in-depth research and reporting projects. Apply by Feb 29.

April 15, 2016

DEADLINE: Travel Fellowships for North American Congress for Conservation Biology

COMPASS is supporting travel fellowships for journalists to attend the Third Biennial North American Congress for Conservation Biology, July 17-20, 2016. Theme is Communicating Science for Conservation Action. Apply by Apr 15.

April 13, 2016

Sensor Reporting for the Environment Workshop

John Keefe, senior editor for Data News & Journalism Technology at WNYC, is your guide for this hands-on, 3-hour evening workshop at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on how we can use sensors to gather data — on air and water quality, soil pollution, temperatures and more- for engaging environmental stories. Discount for SEJ members.

"Maine Rail Cargo Secrecy Law Bypassed Public Access, Safety Defenses"

"After a runaway oil train killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, just miles from the Maine border in 2013, Mainers demanded to know more about the state’s railways."

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