The agenda for SEJ's 18th Annual Conference — Oct. 15-19 —continues to develop as a number of stars in the journalism community have committed, including legendary author Wendell Berry and former NPR Morning Edition host Bob Edwards.
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By BILL DAWSON
Layoffs and buyouts. Orders for shorter stories. Proliferating blogs. MoJos (that's "mobile journalists" for the uninitiated) hunting for breaking news.
By CHERYL HOGUE
We don't have a lot of information about many of the industrial chemicals that are in our air, water and soil, or those that are increasingly found in our blood.
This dearth of data often leaves audiences hanging when journalists report about pollution and biomonitoring. Too often, scientists just can't tell us what the presence of Chemical X in our bodies means.Topics on the Beat:
By BILL KOVARIK
The new SEJ book award, along with plans for an increased emphasis on environmental books at this year's SEJ annual conference in Roanoke, VA, are reflections of an increasing interest in environmental book publishing among SEJ members. Yet trends in the national marketplace of ideas seem paradoxical.
By STEVE WEINBERG
Listening to Cougar
By Marc Bekoff and Cara Blessley Lowe, editors
University Press of Colorado $24.95
Reviewed by David Baron
Compared with North America's other apex predators, cougars get little respect. Whether measured by screen time on the Discovery Channel or dollars raised for their protection, wolves and grizzlies gain the lion's share of attention.
Wallace Stegner and the American West
By Philip L. Fradkin
Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, $27.50
Reviewed by Laura Paskus
In his new book, Wallace Stegner and the American West, Philip L. Fradkin delves into the writer's upbringing, passions, his artistic influences and his demons.
Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy
By Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks
Island Press $25.95
Reviewed by Tom Henry
Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas calls Apollo's Fire a "brilliant, inspiring book on the need to set goals and find future solutions to achieve clean, efficient energy."
Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery
By Jim Motavalli
$26.95 Da Capo Press
Reviewed by Bill Kovarik
Hermits and wild men of every shape and motivation have long been fixtures of world folklore. From John the Baptist to TV's Bear Grylls, survival in the wilderness has been a hallmark of integrity and, sometimes, intelligence.
By ROGER ARCHIBALD
Protecting the cloud forest ecosystem of a nearly-extinct bird with a magnificent plumage.