In Days of Social Distancing, Getting the Goods … Virtually

Can “phoning it in” actually be sound advice for journalists? It can — in the current coronavirus crisis — writes Cynthia Barnett, environmental journalist-in-residence at the University of Florida. In a special EJ Academy, she looks at how to teach young reporters to gather immersive reporting from afar.

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Warm Gulf Of Mexico Could Intensify Upcoming Tornado, Hurricane Seasons

"Water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are running more than three degrees above average, increasing the prospects for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes this spring and potentially stronger hurricane activity in the summer and fall."

Source: Washington Post, 04/02/2020

SEJournal Relaunches WatchDog with a ‘Voice,’ Plus Coronavirus and More

SEJournal welcomes back from hiatus our WatchDog feature, now recast as an opinion column from Joseph A. Davis, Society of Environmental Journalists’ veteran freedom of information advocate and longtime SEJournal contributor. In part one of a two-parter, find out why we’re relaunching the new column, plus get Davis’ take on government openness (or lack thereof) around coronavirus, as well as more on SEJ’s deep commitment to open information and a rundown of its recent FOI activities. And watch for part two next week.

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Could Historic Dutch Methods for Mastering Water Save New Orleans?

"Up close is not the best way to see the world’s biggest gate. Viewed from one end, where a three-story hinge links to a massive steel lattice, the Maeslant storm surge barrier resembles three crane towers toppled across one another."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 03/09/2020

As Florida, Georgia Battle Over Water, Oystermen Struggle To Survive

"Standing in his boat in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay, Michael Dasher lowered a long pair of tongs into the water, pulling up a muddy mass of oysters that his son sorted, keeping those big enough to sell and tossing the rest back into the brackish bay."

Source: Reuters, 03/02/2020
April 6, 2020

DEADLINE: Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism in Florida

The Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications at the University of South Florida annually recognizes distinguished examples of daily and weekly newspaper reporting and commentary about environmental issues in Florida with a $1,000 award. Deadline: Apr 6, 2020.

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"Hundreds of Dams Lack Emergency Plans in NC, Rain-Soaked South"

"When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began knocking on doors."

Source: AP, 02/21/2020
April 1, 2020 to April 2, 2020

20th International Wildlife Law Conference

IWLC-20, at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, will explore topics such as invasive species; legal and ethical issues related to trophy hunting; conservation of marine biodiversity; and impacts of climate change on wildlife treaties.



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