Policy

June 2, 2009

DEADLINE: The Puget Sound Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources

The Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources is inviting applications for its Puget Sound Institute, a nine-day journey in July 2009 through parts of northwest Washington that will examine a variety of newsworthy topics.

November 1, 2015

DEADLINE: Fellowship for Columbia University's MPA in Environmental Science and Policy

The Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University in New York City offers the Dean’s Environmental Science and Policy Fellowship, a full tuition grant worth approximately $72,000. Apply to the program by Jan. 15, 2016, to be eligible for the Fellowship. Early decision deadline is Nov. 1, 2015.

Lustgarten Says Data on Who Gets Ag Subsidies Is Rare as Hens' Teeth

Abrahm Lustgarten (left) wrote a nine-part series delving into farm subsidies and water policy. But his efforts to get the actual names of farm subsidy recipients or individual water users were largely thwarted. Read how info flows less quickly to the public than money and water flow to farmers in SPJ's FOI blog. Photo credit: Lars Klove.

53 Journalism Groups Ask Obama To End Press Office Blockades

SEJ, which has complained about press-office restrictions for years, joined over 50 other journalism groups in signing an Aug 10, 2015 letter requesting government transparency — again. The groups had sent a letter to the White House in July 2014, a followup in Aug 2014, resulting in a non-response response from the WH later that month.

August 3, 2015

NPF Briefing "Covering the Pope: Policy and Politics"

The National Press Foundation will bring together reporters for a free briefing (in Washington, DC) and live webinar. They’ll have experts with data and knowledge on the issues that the Pope has brought to the fore: poverty, hunger, immigration, the environment and more.

New York Times Editorial Calls for Release of CRS Reports

The WatchDog has long whined about Congress' mystifying refusal to let taxpayers read Congressional Research Service reports the taxpayers have paid for. A June 17, 2015, editorial in the New York Times called the situation "absurd," expressing hope that a new director of the Library of Congress (home of the CRS) would manage to get the policy changed.

Florida Employee Sues over Right To Use "C-Word" (Climate)

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), representing Florida Department of Environmental Protection employee Barton Bibler, is calling for an investigation by the DEP's Inspector General into whether the term "climate change" is actually forbidden to be used by state employees — and whether this violates Florida's open government law.

June 11, 2015 to June 14, 2015

The 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment

The 13th biennial COCE, now part of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA), will explore the theme of bridging divides in environmental communication which is only fitting given Boulder's location by the continental divide of North America.

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