Journalism & Media

The Art of the Essay for Science and Environment Writers

What makes for an effective science or environment essay? Freelance Files contributor Michelle Nijhuis explores universal qualities of the best work: It begins with a persistent question that sets the essayist off on a journey of discovery. Also, practical tips on how to get published beyond the essay departments of major magazines.

Exxon Continued Paying Millions To Climate Deniers Under Tillerson

"The company, led by Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, has supposedly shifted its stance on global warming. But the receipts suggest otherwise."

"Exxon Mobil Corp. promised nine years ago to stop donating to groups that spread misinformation about climate change. Yet between 2008 and 2015, the oil giant’s charitable arm gave over $6.5 million to groups that deny that burning fossil fuels is causing global warming, a new analysis shows.

Source: Huffington Post, 01/10/2017
June 12, 2017

DEADLINE: High School Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop

Based at Boston University, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting’s Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop is a perfect opportunity for U.S. and international high school students to learn more about journalism, including new and valuable skills. Choose from three sessions.

February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017

News Hack Arizona

News Hack Arizona is Feb 18-19 on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. The training is hands-on group work to learn to use sensors to collect your own data for stories. The sensors can measure noise and air quality among other things.

FEJ Grant Supports Creation of Times-Picayune's Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team

The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com will create a Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team in early 2017, made possible in part through a major grant from SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism. The new team will be co-led by longtime SEJ member and award-winning environment reporter Mark Schleifstein. A national search is under way for two additional environmental journalists to work full-time on the Team.

"CDC Keeps Secret Its Mishaps With Deadly Germs"

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has faced congressional hearings and secret government sanctions over its sloppy lab safety practices, is keeping secret large swaths of information about dozens of recent incidents involving some of the world’s most dangerous bacteria and viruses."

Source: USA TODAY, 01/05/2017

With No Warning, House GOPers Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

"House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail."

Source: NY Times, 01/03/2017
February 3, 2017

Journalists' Guide to Energy & Environment 2017

Join the Society of Environmental Journalists at the Wilson Center for the launch of SEJ's new report, "Journalists' Guide to Energy and Environment 2017," presented by SEJ Board President and Climate Central Senior Science Writer Bobby Magill. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with leading reporters and editors, a reception and photography exhibit opening.

Finding the Stories Beneath the Snow and Ice

Drought, flooding, water pollution, road conditions, shipping, climate change, even recreational activities like skiing, skating and ice-fishing — these are all potential stories around the white stuff, some with big environmental consequences. This week's TipSheet offers resources for local coverage of ice and snow.

"Climate: Court Rules Mann Can Proceed With Defamation Suit"

"Climate scientist Michael Mann can proceed with defamation claims against two writers who accused him of fraud and misconduct related to his iconic 'hockey stick' graph of global warming trends, a panel of three judges on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled today."

Source: Greenwire, 12/23/2016

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