Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

Feds Delay Decision In Dakota Access Pipeline Environmental Review

"The Dakota Access oil pipeline’s future remains uncertain after the Army Corps of Engineers on Friday released a long-awaited draft environmental study that will help determine whether it receives an easement needed to keep operating."

Source: E&E News, 09/11/2023

Reporter Sues Marion Police Chief, Alleging Retaliation In Newsroom Raid

''Police Chief Gideon Cody arrived at the Marion County Record and handed a copy of a search warrant to Deb Gruver, the veteran reporter who had questioned him about alleged misconduct at his previous job."

Source: States Newsroom, 08/31/2023

North American Grassland Birds In Peril, Spurring Effort To Save Habitat

"When Reed Cammack hears the first meadowlark of spring, he knows his family has made it through another cold, snowy winter on the western South Dakota prairie. Nothing’s better, he says, than getting up at sunrise as the birds light up the area with song."

Source: AP, 08/28/2023

Climate Change May Force More Farmers And Ranchers To Costly Irrigation

"The Texas ranch where Gilda Jackson trains and sells horses has been plagued by grasshoppers this year, a problem that only gets worse when the hatch quickens in times of heat and drought."

Source: AP, 08/24/2023

"Raid of Small Kansas Newspaper Raises Free Press Concerns"

"A small town in Kansas has become a battleground over the First Amendment, after the local police force and county sheriff’s deputies raided the office of The Marion County Record." "The search of Marion County Record’s office led to the seizure of computers, servers and cellphones of reporters and editors."

Source: NYTimes, 08/14/2023
August 24, 2023

AHCJ Rural Health Journalism Workshop

Join the Association of Health Care Journalists in Kansas City for this workshop with the theme "The 5 Most Urgent Conversations About Rural Health." Scholarships are available for Kansas- and Missouri-based journalists that can assist with mileage, registration and one hotel night. Registration closes Aug 11.


"Meteorologist Who Was Threatened Over Climate Coverage to Leave Job"

"The chief meteorologist of a television news station in Iowa said this week that he was leaving his job to start a career in science, citing in large part the post-traumatic stress disorder that he said he had suffered after he was threatened last year over his on-air coverage of climate change."

Source: NYTimes, 06/23/2023

Both Sides Now — How Permitting Reform May Affect Fossil Fuel, Clean Energy Industries

It’s a political knot with the potential to tangle the fossil energy industry, the clean energy industry … or both. Environmental journalists looking to better report on the impacts of permitting reform can start with our latest Backgrounder, which explores the issue’s recent history and the competing visions that have stalled changes. There’s also the “backroom problem.” Plus, get a rundown of key actors.

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