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January 22, 2024

DEADLINE: Advancing Democracy Fellowship

Hearken, Trusting News and Solutions Journalism Network are inviting 20 U.S.-based newsroom teams to apply for this fellowship which is designed to help newsrooms think big, plan long term and reinvent coverage of politics, governance and elections with and for their communities. Deadline is Jan 22, 2024.


"Virginia County Approves Data Center Project After 27-Hour Public Hearing"

"County supervisors in northern Virginia approved one of the world’s largest data center projects after a public hearing that ran through the night and lasted more than 24 hours."

Source: AP, 12/14/2023

"Sewers Are Overflowing Everywhere. One Solution Is Right In Your Backyard."

"When a heavy rainstorm hits D.C., it’s bad news for the city’s rivers. The city’s sewer system, which combines storm runoff and raw sewage in some areas, has a history of overflowing. Instead of flowing into a treatment plant, that toxic mix, along with the sediment, trash and other pollutants storm water washes off streets, ends up in rivers."

Source: Washington Post, 12/12/2023

Student Journalists Show the Way on Data With Methane Flaring Project

The global warming gas methane was much in the news at the start of the just-ended COP28 climate meeting, with a final Biden administration rule to trim releases by the fossil fuel industry. But when it comes to good journalism on the problem, the latest Reporter’s Toolbox spotlights the work of a team of journalism students who used sophisticated satellite data to tell the story of underreported methane flaring at drilling sites.

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December 13, 2023

SEJ Webinar: Learn How To Apply for Report for America Job Openings

Learn about Report for America and how to apply for more than 50 full-time journalism positions, including 11 environmental positions offered through a partnership with the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the Society of Environmental Journalists. These 11 positions are part of the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk, a collaborative network meant to boost coverage of environmental and agricultural issues throughout the river basin. 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.


"West Virginians Could Get Stuck Cleaning Up the Coal Industry’s Messes"

"West Virginia’s fund to clean up abandoned coal mines is in such dire shape that it threatens to stick taxpayers with hundreds of millions — perhaps even billions — of dollars in cleanup costs. And yet, little is being done to turn things around."

Source: Mountain State Spotlight, 12/04/2023
December 8, 2023

Taking Charge as a Freelancer: NPC In-Person Workshop, Washington, DC

Looking for new freelance clients in 2024 or thinking about becoming a freelancer? The National Press Club invites you to Washington, DC for a workshop with editors from the Washington Post, Washingtonian, Slate, AARP Bulletin, Industry Dive, Brainfacts.org, POLITICO, WHYY, and more. 1-4:30 p.m. ET.

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Residents and Enviros Slam New Dominion Gas Power Plant As ‘Slap In the Face’

"Virginia’s largest utility provider has faced a backlash from the state’s environmental community since it announced plans to build a new, large fossil fuel facility in Chesterfield."

Source: Inside Climate News, 11/20/2023

Harvest Of Horseshoe Crabs, For Medicine And Bait, Limited To Protect Bird

"Interstate fishing regulators are limiting the harvest of a primordial species of invertebrate to try to help rebuild its population and aid a threatened species of bird."

Source: AP, 11/14/2023

Baltimore, Maryland Dept. of Environment Settle Lawsuits Over Sewage Plants

"Environmental advocates hope an agreement negotiated earlier this month by Baltimore City, the state Department of the Environment and the nonprofit Blue Water Baltimore to upgrade the city’s two wastewater treatment plants will help meet the state’s Chesapeake Bay restoration goals."

Source: Inside Climate News, 11/08/2023


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