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August 31, 2009

DEADLINE: SEJ Post-Conference Tour / IJNR Lake Country Institute

SEJ Members: Apply by August 31st for an all-expenses-paid fellowship for SEJ's Oct 11-14, 2009, post-conference tour: IJNR's Lake Country Institute!

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November 14, 2019 to November 15, 2019

People-Powered Publishing Conference 2019

This fourth annual event, at Columbia College Chicago, will tackle culture change in the newsroom with programs, workshops, talks and clinics. How do you build and protect a newsroom culture that is focused on what makes you essential for your community amid unpredictable social media trends, shifting corporate priorities, and constant cuts? Cost: $25.

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Award-Winner Chronicles Radioactive Risks at Midwest Nuclear Plants

A deeply documented investigation revealed serious problems in Illinois’ aging nuclear power plants, and won reporters Brett Chase and Madison Hopkins an outstanding small market investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists last year. Chase spoke with SEJournal Online’s “Inside Story” about the “Power Struggle” project, about lessons learned and advice for other reporters. Read the Q&A.

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‘Waterfront Porch: Reclaiming Detroit’s Industrial Waterfront As a Gathering Place for All’

The Detroit River, a key Great Lakes shipping channel, was once the repository of millions of gallons of industrial discharge. But as a new book attests, Detroit’s industrial waterfront has in the last 50 years undergone a remarkable recovery that offers hope for the cleanup of other polluted Rust Belt towns. Read our BookShelf review.

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Sterigenics to Close Ill. Plant, Cites ‘Unstable’ Regulatory Environment

"Sterigenics U.S. LLC announced Sept. 30 it will permanently shut its Willowbrook, Ill., medical sterilization facility after a bitter fight with Illinois residents and lawmakers over the plant’s ethylene oxide emissions."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 10/01/2019
October 18, 2019

DEADLINE: IJNR's Asian Carp at the Gates of the Great Lakes: A Workshop for Journalists

Join the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources in Chicago, Nov 3-5, 2019, for a workshop on Asian carp: How they got here, current efforts to protect America's waterways, and what the future of this invasive species might hold. $25 registration fee includes lodging, local travel and meals. Only a few spots left. Registration closes Oct 18 at noon ET.

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Water Bottles in Class Offer Varying Lessons in Sustainability

Can consumption in the classroom become a reporting exercise for budding journalists? Our quarterly EJ Academy column explores how collegiate educators can handle sustainability questions. Should students be discouraged from using plastic water bottles? And should faculty use electronic handouts and texts instead of paper copies? Top instructors weigh in.

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Algae — Society’s Big, Green … and Emerging Menace

It’s poisoning fresh waters across the United States, as well as elsewhere in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Blue-green algae is on the rise, lingering later and later into the year. Our new Issue Backgrounder explains the contributing factors behind the potent toxin’s scourge, its societal and public health ramifications, and the many angles and resources to tell the story.

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