Journalism & Media

Breaking New Ground

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"Breaking New Ground: A Personal History"

By Lester Brown
Norton, $24.95

Reviewer: TOM HENRY

Praised by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers,” Lester Brown has had a rags-to-riches life in environmental activism – a rare feat, especially because activism is hardly a lucrative field.

Brown’s story is an intriguing one, in part because of his humble New Jersey farming roots.

Journalists, Lost in Space?

SEJ President’s Report

By DON HOPEY

I recently went to see the movie “Gravity,” the blockbuster Sandra Bullock-George Clooney vehicle that demonstrates in 3-D the isolation of outer space and the value of a strong tether. And it got me thinking about our organization, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and its members.

Like the astronauts in the film, it seems more and more that we reporters are out there all alone – a journalistic generation lost in space.

"Texas Freezes Agency's Funding After Air Pollution Data Released"

"A few casual words and the early release of some scientific data have cost the San Antonio region much-needed state funds to battle its growing air pollution problem. The misstep, which appears to have been unintentional, highlights the sensitivity of studying oil and gas pollution in business-friendly Texas."

Source: InsideClimate & Others, 04/23/2014
April 22, 2014

SEJ Members and Friends Meetup, DC, April 22, 2014

SEJ WatchDog project director Joseph A. Davis (right) talks EJ with SEJ members and friends at Local 16.

SEJ Objects to Illegal Military Police Treatment of Toledo Blade Journalists

In a strongly worded April 9, 2014, letter by SEJ Executive Director Beth Parke and SEJ WatchDog Project Director Joseph A. Davis, SEJ urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to apologize to the Toledo Blade and direct military employees not to let such illegal actions happen again: Blade journalists Jetta Fraser and Tyrel Linkhorn were detained March 28, 2014 by military police in a public area outside the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio. Fraser was held in handcuffs, and military police threatened sexual violence against her.

Capitol Officials Call Reporter's Detention "Isolated", Apologize

U.S. Capitol officials apologized for the brief detention March 28, 2014, of BNA energy reporter Ari Natter, effectively conceding that such incidents should not occur. Apologies came from both Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Gainer and Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine in separate e-mail responses to an April 8 letter of complaint  from SEJ.

UPDATE: Capitol Police Chief Responds to SEJ Letter

Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine responded April 10, 2014, to SEJ's letter complaining about the brief detention of BNA energy reporter Ari Natter on March 28. In an e-mail, Dine said: "some of the most important things we do is protect the rights of citizens to express  themselves and protect the freedom of the press as we go about our duties protecting and serving the legislative process."

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