Journalism & Media

SPJ, SEJ Seek Meet with White House Spox on Minders, Permissions

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and SEJ sent a letter to Josh Earnest (pictured), White House Press Secretary, May 29, 2015, asking for a meeting to discuss restrictions that infringe on journalists' abilities to report on the federal government. The letter follows up on earlier pleas from some 38 journalism groups to the White House for more openness.

Did EPA Press Office Retaliate for Unfavorable NY Times Article?

It appears to an outside observer that NYT reporter Coral Davenport was uninvited to EPA's "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule announcement phone call as retaliation for an unfavorable story she had written about the agency's public affairs operation the week before. EPA says not.

"6 Groups Seek To Intervene in Federal Drilling Rules Lawsuit"

"Six environmental groups asked a judge Tuesday to be allowed to side with the federal government in opposing two lawsuits that contest new rules for oil and gas drilling on federal lands, among which is a requirement that companies report information about chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing."

Source: AP, 06/03/2015
July 10, 2015

Digital Terrain: Navigating the New World of Environmental Storytelling

Environmental journalists are charting a new digital terrain, but this changing media landscape can be tough to navigate. Come explore emerging forms of environmental storytelling — online video and long-form narratives, data visualization, podcasting, social media, and more — at a day-long workshop sponsored by SEJ at City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Shroud of Secrecy Covers Oil Trains And Safety of Their Infrastructure

"When crude oil arrives at a refinery in South Philadelphia or Marcus Hook or Paulsboro, the refinery must have a public plan outlining the hazards, a detailed response to possible accidents, and worst-case scenarios for disasters that could endanger hundreds of thousands of people. Not so the trains carrying oil to the refineries."

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 05/26/2015
June 26, 2015

DEADLINE: Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression created the Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship this year in memory of award-winning journalist Bob Carty, a tireless defender of free expression and press freedom for all Canadians. Recipient will receive up to $7,000 for a project that contributes to the protection and analysis of free expression issues in Canada. Apply by Jun 26, 2015.

"The Truth Behind Peabody's Campaign To Rebrand Coal as a Poverty Cure"

"The story Linda Jing tells in the video is slick and persuasive: she was a girl from a poor village forced to study by candlelight because there was no electricity until coal-fired power plants arrived, transforming her destiny and that of China."

Source: Guardian, 05/20/2015


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