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July 26, 2019

DEADLINE: Covering Community Impacts of Oil & Gas Development

SciLine will provide an all-expenses-paid, 2½-day workshop, Oct 23-25 at Penn State U, designed to arm journalists — including those without deep backgrounds in science — with the knowledge and context they need to incorporate research-based evidence into stories about how oil and gas development is affecting U.S. communities. Space is limited. Apply by Jul 26.

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Air Needs Freshening in Most U.S. National Park Units

The nation’s parks are generally thought to be pristine natural havens. But a recent study finds the overwhelming majority suffer from air pollution problems like smog and ozone. That makes for important local and regional news stories, per the latest biweekly TipSheet. Get background, story ideas, resources and more.

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Big Environmental Impacts on Small Communities Is Story That Must Be Told

While environmental journalists often focus on regulatory wrestling matches in Washington, D.C., a seasoned New York Times investigative reporter argues the most important stories are those in the real communities where bureaucratic impacts are felt. Three-time Pulitzer winner Eric Lipton makes the case for public service in journalism that tells the environment story from the outside in.

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Primer Helps To Prep for Reporting on PFAS

It’s a category of more than 4,000 industrial chemicals that affect our lives nearly every day — and many of which are toxic. So what do journalists need to know to report on the emerging contaminants known as PFAS? Our most recent Issue Backgrounder offers a detailed primer on what PFAS are, where they come from, what their health effects are and how they might be cleaned up.

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Database Helps Track PFAS Drinking Water Contamination

Millions of people across the United States are believed to be drinking PFAS-contaminated water. And a growing database could prove an invaluable resource for environmental journalists trying to get a handle on that public health risk. Our latest biweekly Reporter’s Toolbox, recently refocused on data journalism tools and techniques, explains how to tap the expanding PFAS data.

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Sifting Through 'Toxic Secrets' To Nail Polluter

A lengthy investigation yielded one small-market environmental reporting team an award-winning project examining the adequacy of a toxic solvent cleanup in a polluted community. Our latest “Inside Story” talks with a team member behind the project to learn about the challenges, the lessons learned and advice for others tracking similar problems.

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July 15, 2019

DEADLINE: The Water Desk Grants

The Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder's Center for Environmental Journalism is offering grants to journalists for stories connected to Western water issues and intertwined topics: 1) Micro-grants (up to $1,000); rolling basis until December 1, 2019 and 2) Standard grants (up to $10,000);  Jul 15 deadline.

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FED Tool Tracks Pollution on Federal Lands

A revamped Reporter’s Toolbox begins today with a new focus on data resources for environmental journalists. The now biweekly column starts with a look at a massive database designed for federal land managers that reporters can use to scan dozens of pollution data sets about air quality and more in parks, forests and other federal lands.

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June 6, 2019

Webinar: Toxic Cities: Telling Big Stories on Hidden Risks

This free Center for Healthy Journalism webinar, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, will provide you with fresh ideas for reporting on hidden threats in your community. Philadelphia Inquirer reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, who reported the groundbreaking series "Toxic City," will share their bold and unconventional strategies for environmental testing.

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