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Reporter's Toolbox is a bi-monthly feature of the SEJournal Online that brings working environmental journalists how-to's for using tools, databases and other resources to improve their reporting. For questions and comments, to suggest future Toolboxes or to offer to write one, email the SEJournal Online Toolbox editor at sejournaleditor@sej.org.

 

February 21, 2017

  • The Toxics Release Inventory has long been a vital reporting tool, and now there's a new edition of the database, issued last month by the outgoing Obama administration. Reporter's Toolbox walks you through how to smartly mine TRI for stories, whether you're a newbie or a veteran. Plus, TRI caveats.

January 24, 2017

  • There's a growing movement toward food production that factors in not only profitability, but environmental health and social equity as well. Our latest Reporter's Toolbox gets you started with some basic resources on the sustainable agriculture beat —who's doing research, finding local resources, tracking the chatter and more.

November 22, 2016

  • With newsrooms well down the digital path, data journalism is increasingly becoming a standard toolset reporters must master. Our latest Reporter's Toolbox is a four-step primer designed to help you use readily available tools to collect, clean up and analyze data, then use it to tell your stories. Image: © Clipart.com

March 1, 2016

December 15, 2015

March 1, 2015

  • Climate Central science writer John Upton explains how to use the visualization tool that brings to virtual life the climate- and weather-related data generated by the 13 federal agencies that collaborate to form the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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