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SEJournal Spring 2008, Vol. 18 No.1

In this issue: Tarbell: first to take on big oil; Environment books of the year; Oil on the Brain tracts crude to gas; Conference agenda sneak peek; FOIA successes...for complete hotlinked table of contents, click the journal cover.

 

SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment

2 days until regular deadline — fees double after June 17! SEJ's Awards for Reporting on the Environment honor the best environmental journalism in 10 categories, bringing recognition to the stories that are among the most important on the planet. $500 for first-place winners; $250 for second-place winners in all categories. Includes a Student Reporting category and a $10,000 cash prize for the Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting. First-place winners selected this year from SEJ's 10 awards categories will be automatically entered into the Nina Mason Pulliam Award. Deadline: Jun 17, 2024 (late deadline July 1, at twice the price).

CRS PUBLISHES BACKGROUNDER ON JOURNALISTS' PRIVILEGE

The Oct. 18, 2007 issue of Congressional Research Service has published a useful backgrounder on the current lack of a "shield law" protecting reporters from legal penalties, including jail, when they refuse prosecutors' requests to disclose the identities of confidential sources.

SEJ, OTHER J-GROUPS ASK SENATE TO DROP ANIMAL SECRECY

Even as major companies recalled their shipments of hamburgers made with possibly tainted meat, beef and pork lobbyists worked hard to keep U.S meat eaters from finding out what was going on. They lobbied to amend the Farm Bill to include secrecy language that would make make it illegal for anyone to publicly disclose such information. SEJ and other journalism organization are urging senators to remove that language from the bill.

National Response Center Changes Leak Report Policy

The National Response Center has changed its policy on releasing chemical accident reports, making it much harder for journalists to gather crucial information about hazardous materials spills on deadline.

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