SEJ's leadership transition reached another milestone Friday, November 16, 2018, as SEJ's founding and long-time executive director Beth Parke completes her two-month executive director handoff to Meaghan Parker. Over the last year, Beth made an encore performance, serving as interim co-executive director with Chris Bruggers. We'd like to honor Beth for her more than 27 years of service with SEJ as the "heart, head and soul of this organization," as a former board member once put it. Please enjoy this video montage, courtesy of JHopey Productions.
Journalism & Media
"EPA's press shop is taking a page from President Trump's playbook. Since the new administration entered office, the staff in EPA's press shop has gotten personal with reporters — calling out their alleged mistakes in press releases, keeping them off advisories and blocking some from agency events."
The Society of Environmental Journalists last week objected to the White House suspension of CNN reporter Jim Acosta after a contentious briefing with President Donald Trump and the release of a doctored video of the incident. SEJ joined numerous other journalism groups in fighting what it called unacceptable censorship. Details in this month’s WatchDog TipSheet. Plus, science writers host an “info access summit,” a look at issues around secrecy at the Interior Department and the CNN pipe bomb.
What will a divided Congress mean for environment and energy issues? This week’s TipSheet explores the question by looking at the Democrats who will now lead key House committees once the new Congress is seated next year. Take a lightning tour of a half-dozen top panels, their anticipated leadership and the issues they tackle, including drinking water safety, environmental justice and climate change, infrastructure, science policy, natural resources and more.
"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took to a conservative talk show to slam reporting on his ethics scandals as “B.S.”"
"Environmental advocates are suing Donald Trump’s interior department for using what they call a secretive process that ignores science in refusing protections for at-risk species."
"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been exploring potential roles with Fox News, the energy industry or other businesses amid growing signs that he will leave President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he faces investigations into his ethics, according to people knowledgeable about the discussions."
The Society of Environmental Journalists objects to the White House pulling the press credential of CNN's Jim Acosta. It is a reporter's job to ask challenging questions, and when those in power respond with retribution, it amounts to unacceptable censorship. The unprecedented and unwarranted revocation of Acosta's press pass is based on a provably false allegation by Sarah Huckabee Sanders that accused Acosta of "placing his hands on" a female White House intern. We urge the White House to restore Acosta's credential immediately.
As the Trump administration challenges wetlands preservation policy under the Clean Water Act, an important related practice has come into question. Mitigation banking — the creation or preservation of one wetland to offset the loss of another — has become a billion-dollar industry. But as this week’s TipSheet reports, the legal and regulatory tangle aside, wetlands permitting and mitigation continues, likely near you. Tracking the local story.