Journalism & Media

SEJ FOI Chair Talks to Forest Service Chief Tidwell

After proposing a directive that seemed to require permits and fees for journalists working in U.S. Forest Service wilderness lands, the USFS announced that it had never intended the restrictions to apply to journalists. Tim Wheeler, chairman of the Society of Environmental Journalists' Freedom of Information Task Force, talked with USFS Chief TomTidwell to clarify the USFS position. Here's his report.

1st Amendment Alarm: USFS Says Media Need Photo Permit in Wilderness

"The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas."

Source: Portland Oregonian, 09/25/2014

Constitution Wins After Court Imposes Prior Restraint on Pipeline Safety Info

As a nationwide newspaper chain probed safety threats posed to the public by gas pipelines, an Alabama court imposed prior restraint on the Montgomery Advertiser, to prevent it from publishing the Alabama Gas Corporation's safety plan, citing homeland security and trade secrets. Now a judge has ruled that the court erred in granting a temporary restraining order.

October 1, 2014 to November 5, 2014

Freelance Writing: A Course with Theresa Sullivan Barger

SEJ member Theresa Sullivan Barger, an award-winning freelance journalist with more than 20 years of experience, will be teaching a six-week freelance writing course on the business and craft of freelancing on consecutive Wednesdays, 6-8 pm, Oct 1-Nov 5 inclusive at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT.

October 1, 2014

DEADLINE: Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships in Journalism and Trauma

This Fellowship, a program of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, is designed for senior and mid-career journalists who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Fellows attend a week-long seminar program, Jan 17-22, 2015, at Columbia University in NYC, including briefings by leading experts in the trauma field and in-depth discussions with journalist colleagues. Apply by Oct 1st.

January 31, 2015

DEADLINE: O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism

Backed by the resources of Marquette University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O'Brien Fellows spend nine months researching, reporting and writing the stories they care most deeply about — stories with the potential to change policies and improve lives. The fully funded fellowship allows newsroom professionals to do the best work of their careers on issues of vital importance while they also mentor the next generation of journalists. Apply by Jan 31, 2015.

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