Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

August 6, 2017 to August 7, 2017

IJNR Workshop: The Great Lakes and the Federal Budget

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources invites journalists to Milwaukee, Aug 6-7, 2017, for a workshop exploring the federal budget proposal and its potential impact in the Great Lakes. Lodging and meals included for $25. Lodging deadline is Jul 17. Journalists that don't require lodging can register until the 20-person cap is reached.


CDC: 2600% Increase in Tick-Borne Babesiosis Infections in Wisconsin

"It is not just a bad summer for ticks — it has been a bad decade for the spread of tick-borne infections. New surveillance from the CDC reports rapid expansion and increase in cases of babesiosis, a sometimes life-threatening disease, in Wisconsin."

Source: Invisiverse, 07/07/2017

"45,000 Gallons Of Crude Oil Leak After Train Derails In Illinois"

"PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- Most roads have reopened in Plainfield after a train carrying crude oil derailed nearly 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Plainfield police said it will take several days to clean up an estimated 45,000 gallons of oil near Route 59 and Riverwalk Court, near the village's downtown business district."

Source: CBS News, 07/03/2017

Aging Oil Pipeline Under Great Lakes Should Be Closed, Mich. AG Says

"Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette called for a deadline to close a controversial portion of an oil pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes. The pipeline has had more than two dozen leaks over its lifespan, and parts of its outer coating have come off."

Source: InsideClimate News, 07/03/2017
August 15, 2017

DEADLINE: Science of Innovation Summit for Journalists

The Science of Innovation Summit for Journalists at the University of Chicago, Nov 5-8, 2017, offers professional science and technology journalists a respite from deadlines and insight into pressing subjects, such as climate and energy science, the microbiome, advanced batteries, precision medicine and more. Includes lodging, meals and stipend. Apply by Aug 15.

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October 3, 2018 to October 7, 2018

SEJ's 28th Annual Conference, Flint, MI, Oct. 3-7, 2018

Flint, Mich., site of the most serious drinking water crisis in modern U.S. history, will draw hundreds of working reporters from across North America when the University of Michigan-Flint hosts the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference in 2018. Environmental Journalism 2018 will bring the continent’s environmental press corps to Michigan a month before the crucial U.S. 2018 midterm elections. The conference is designed to provide journalists with the tools they need to hone the craft of writing and reporting in addition to providing insights into critical election-related issues, such as bridging the urban-rural divide.


"5 Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis"

"FLINT, Mich. — By the time Robert Skidmore, an 85-year-old former auto industry worker, died in late 2015, officials had seen signs for months that Flint was wrestling with outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, prosecutors say. Yet despite a wave of such cases in 2014 and 2015, no public warning was issued until early 2016."

Source: NY Times, 06/15/2017


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