Journalism & Media

Jackson, Miss., Won’t Release Email About 2020 Water System Problems

"The city of Jackson, Mississippi, has denied a TV station’s public records request for email about problems with the city water treatment system. WLBT-TV recently requested all city email related to the Environmental Protection Agency telling Jackson in March 2020 to bring its water treatment system into compliance with federal law."

Source: AP, 04/20/2021

Wastewater Ponds Often a Local Story Worth Stirring Up

The tale of a toxic wastewater pit menacing a Florida community is a story that could be told in communities around the nation. As the latest TipSheet warns, these waste sites can turn into ticking time bombs. But in reporting the story locally, the first thing to know is which of the many kinds of wastewater ponds to look for. Here’s a rundown.

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“Eating Wild Japan: Tracking the Culture of Foraged Foods, With a Guide to Plants and Recipes”

A world of unique, foraged foods is at the heart of a new book, “Eating Wild Japan: Tracking the Culture of Foraged Foods, With a Guide to Plants and Recipes,” that also delves into what is being lost with large-scale farming. Our BookShelf reviewer Melody Kemp shares the joys and the worries recounted by the author, long-time SEJer Winifred Bird.

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Climate Overview: A Primer for the Perplexed

As part of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ new Climate Guide, we offer a primer to help reporters and editors not on the climate beat with the basic concepts that will help you not only cover a climate-related story, but to do it with real insight and thoughtful framing. For your consideration, six fundamental factors, from our Climate Overview “A Primer for the Perplexed.”


EPA IG: Trump Official Delayed Releasing Info On Cancer Chemical In Ill.

"A Trump administration political official delayed the publication of information about a chemical that has been linked to health issues – including cancer – in Illinois, an internal government watchdog said Thursday."

Source: The Hill, 04/16/2021
May 10, 2021

DEADLINE: The Richard C. Longworth Media Fellowships

These new fellowships, a collaboration between the Pulitzer Center and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, aim to promote international reporting by Chicago and Midwestern journalists. Two $10,000 fellowships will be awarded each year for the next two years. Apply by May 10, 2021.

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