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How a Lauded Reporter’s ‘Open Mind’ Led Story in a Surprising Direction

An investigation into lead poisoning treatment policies prompted some very unexpected conclusions for one long-time investigative journalist, whose deeply reported and surprising projects won plaudits from judges for the Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual awards. Find out how Charles Schmidt turned an aside from a source into a penetrating look at a critical public health and environmental challenge.

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April 26, 2021

DEADLINE: VLS / ASPCA Animal Law Media Fellowship

This new, paid fellowship at Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center, Jul 12-22, 2021, is open to journalists who cover issues related to agriculture, factory farming and/or animal welfare, and related environmental/public health risks. Apply by Apr 26.

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April 12, 2021

DEADLINE: WFSJ Call for COVID-19 Proposals

The World Federation of Science Journalists invites journalists who belong to any of their member organizations to submit proposals for pandemic stories. (SEJ is a member of WFSJ.) Deadline: April 12, 2021.

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Can CDC Be Cured After Trump-Era Coronavirus ‘Infection’?

The CDC, long a storied agency of serious import not just to health and science reporters, but also to environmental journalists, took a massive hit to its credibility during the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest WatchDog opinion makes the case it can do better, and offers 15 steps that may help restore the federal entity to its gold-standard days.

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Local Water, Sewer Projects May Flow From Infrastructure Funding

The push for federal infrastructure legislation may mean money for local water and sewage projects under a long-standing and broadly bipartisan program called WIFIA. The new TipSheet explains how the program works and why the latest developments could spell news for local environmental reporters. Plus, story ideas and reporting resources.

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CAMEO Software Can Help Journalists Cover Chemical Disasters

When a local hazmat emergency erupts, will you be ready to safely cover it? A well-proven government software suite with a series of power tools will help, and the latest Reporter’s Toolbox guides you through it so you can get ahead of the emergency. Read on to get familiar with CAMEO.

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Teaching Environmental Journalism. For the First Time. In a Pandemic.

An initiate to the ways of teaching collegiate journalism winds her way through unique obstacles of a first term under COVID-19, from students reporting in masks to class sessions on computer screens. Not to mention the already onerous challenges of training young journalists to report and write a range of environmental stories. EJ Academy has her story, from the stumbles to the successes.

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May 17, 2021

DEADLINE: The National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships

Apply by May 17 for this special year-long fellowship, a collaboration of SEJ, AHCJ and CASW. Twelve early-career US journalists will receive training, networking, mentoring, new sources and story ideas — while allowing them to stay at their jobs.

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