Journalism & Media

SEJournal Summer 2007, Vol. 17 No. 2

In this issue: Taking readers on a journey; award winner focuses on eco damage being done now; investigative reporting can produce a ‘higher obligation’; effects of climate change on journalism; report probes multiple sources of global mercury pollution; studying smaller newspapers; basing coverage on scientific evidence; farm bill’s future environmental impacts; book reviews; and more.

What "Highly Message-Controlled" Agencies Mean for Health Reporting

Reporters trying to get information from federal agencies find press offices stonewalling and running out the clock on their interview requests. "The public information model," one agency flak said, "is dead." The result: the public is uninformed, the government is unaccountable, and people's health is endangered.

Source: Columbia Journalism Review, 11/13/2015

White House To Take Meeting with Journos on Access Issues

SEJ Members: Most of you have been aware of our efforts to lodge your complaints about agency press office intererence with news media access to scientists and officials. With over 50 other journalism groups, SEJ and its WatchDog Project have complained about it to the White House of President Obama, who promised his would be the "most transparent" administration ever. Now journalism groups have landed a December 15 meeting with Press Secretary Josh Earnest to discuss these issues. Here is a communication from the coalition's leaders.

December 1, 2015

DEADLINE: Reuters Global Journalism Summer Internship

Reuters offers students and graduates with a strong background in journalism a paid opportunity to learn at the world's largest international multimedia news provider. Available in NY and Washington bureaus, as well as Toronto, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and more. Apply by Dec 1.

"Muzzled Canadian Scientists Now Free To Speak With Media"

"The muzzles are coming off for [Canadian] federal scientists. For years, scientists who worked for the federal government were silenced by strict rules that made them seek departmental approval before speaking to the press. On Friday, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains said that scientists are free to speak to the media about their work."

Source: Toronto Star, 11/09/2015
November 16, 2015

DEADLINE: Knight Prototype Fund

The Knight Foundation is offering $35,000 in funding for each of 20 new projects through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps people explore early-stage media and information ideas. Deadline is Nov 16.

November 15, 2015

DEADLINE: McGraw Fellowships for Business Journalism

McGraw Fellowships provide accomplished journalists with the resources and editorial support to do deeply-reported stories on critical issues related to U.S. business and the global economy. Apply by November 15, 2015.

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