Journalism & Media

January 27, 2021

2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment

 

Watch the recording of the Society of Environmental Journalists' 9th annual look ahead at the year's key energy and environmental issues. Hosted by National Geographic Society and co-sponsored by the Wilson Center, the event kicked off with a keynote interview with new White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, followed by an interview with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, and SEJ's annual panel of leading journalists offering their predictions for the year ahead.

 

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‘We Want Them Infected’: Trump Appointee Demanded ‘Herd Immunity’: Emails

"A top Trump appointee repeatedly urged top health officials to adopt a 'herd immunity' approach to Covid-19 and allow millions of Americans to be infected by the virus, according to internal emails obtained by a House watchdog and shared with POLITICO."

Source: Politico, 12/17/2020

Environmental Justice Stories Will Keep Proliferating in 2021

The surging racial justice movement has reenergized aspirations to correct the environmental injustices that blemish countless underprivileged U.S. communities. The new TipSheet, another part of our 2021 Guide, scans the landscape of trouble spots, from urban to rural, industrial zones to Superfund sites. Plus, story ideas and reporting resources.

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“You Can’t Fool Mother Nature: The Once and Future Triumph of Environmentalism”

It’s been a half-century since the first Earth Day in 1970 and a new book from an old hand catalogues the advances and the setbacks in the decades since. BookShelf contributor Francesca Lyman reviews “You Can’t Fool Mother Nature: The Once and Future Triumph of Environmentalism,” and explores how a long view from a veteran environmentalist informs the field of environmental reporting.

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December 15, 2020 to December 17, 2020

Covering the Environment Using Google Tools for Journalists

Join Google News Labs’ Maggie Farley for a quick tour of Google’s new tools for journalists, with a particular focus on environmental journalism. Learn how to find and analyze data, then learn how to tell stories using clear, powerful data visualization tools. Noon-12:30 p.m. ET each day. Sponsored by SEJ and The Resilience Media Project of Columbia University's Earth Institute.

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"Many U.S. States Are Behind On Their Own Climate Milestones: Report"

"Many of the U.S. states with bold commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions are on track to miss their targets, according to an analysis published on Tuesday by green group Environmental Defense Fund."

Source: Reuters, 12/09/2020

Police Raid Home Of Fired Florida COVID-19 Data Whistleblower

"State police brandishing firearms Monday raided the Tallahassee home of Rebekah Jones, the former Department of Health data scientist who built the state's much-praised COVID-19 dashboard before being fired over what she said was refusing to "manipulate data.""

Source: Tallahassee Democrat, 12/08/2020

Searching for Narrative in the Groundwater Where It Happens

A graduate field scientist-cum-multimedia storyteller trains her eye on the confounding challenges of western water, with award-winning student reporting on three family farms that face the draining of critical groundwater basins. Could land that drought makes untenable for farming be restored as habitat for endangered species? That, plus how the “ladder of abstraction” helped her tell the tale. The most recent entry in EJ Academy.

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Grant Gives Reporter Time To Immerse in Sewage Story

The “underworld” of sewage treatment had fascinated one journalist for years. But it was only after winning a reporting grant that Christine Woodside had the luxury of spending dozens of hours to focus on how one old, malfunctioning plant left a local community appalled and angered. Woodside shares the details in the latest installment of SEJournal’s newest column, FEJ StoryLog.

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December 14, 2020

DEADLINE: HCN Climate Justice Fellow

High Country News' fellowship, for early career print and visual journalists interested in reporting on climate change and environmental justice, will provide on-the-ground reporting opportunities, a chance to dive deep into important stories and professional mentorship and career development. Apply by Dec 14.

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