Journalism & Media

Court Strikes Down “Ag-Gag” Law; plus a Journalist’s Legal Guide; State Shield for Climate Research and More

A federal court has ruled unconstitutional a Utah law that made undercover filming of livestock operations illegal. What's it mean for similar laws elsewhere? The latest WatchDog has the story, plus news on protecting whistleblowers, a digital journalist's legal guide, shielding of climate info and leaked government reports.

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8 Senators Call for Probe of ‘Arbitrary’ Reassignment of Fed Scientists

"Eight U.S. senators called for an investigation today after a federal climate scientist filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that he had been arbitrarily reassigned by the Trump administration in what he believed was retaliation for speaking out publicly about the dangers climate change poses to Alaska Native communities."

Source: InsideClimate News, 07/25/2017

"Scaramucci Once Called Climate Change Denial ‘Disheartening.’"

"Before he was an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s new White House communications director, lamented that some people did not accept the consensus among climate scientists that human activity was warming Earth."

Source: Washington Post, 07/24/2017

Lawmakers Want Override Of Christie Veto Of Oil Train Transparency Bill

"The Assembly speaker said Wednesday he will push to override Gov. Chris Christie's conditional veto last week of a bill that would have provided the public and first responders with more information about trains hauling volatile crude oil through communities in New Jersey."

Source: Bergen Record, 07/24/2017

Interior Pulled Glacier Chief, Climate Expert From Zuckerberg Tour

"Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg flew to Glacier National Park on Saturday to tour the melting ice fields that have become the poster child for climate change’s effects on Montana’s northern Rockies. But days before the tech tycoon’s visit, the Trump administration abruptly removed two of the park’s top climate experts from a delegation scheduled to show him around, telling a research ecologist and the park superintendent that they were no longer going to participate in the tour."

Source: Washington Post, 07/21/2017
August 31, 2017

DEADLINE: Resilience Journalism Fellowship

Mid-career journalists are invited to apply for six days of study and discussion, Oct. 22-27, 2017 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. The program will focus on the science of climate change and resilience. The fellowship includes lodging, tuition, travel and most meals. Apply by Aug 31.

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