Government

Exposed for Pig Pollution, Nebraska Governor Slimes the Reporter

When the governor of Nebraska personally attacked an investigative reporter who’d covered environmental problems in his family business, it drew a national spotlight and a quick response from free press supporters, including the Society of Environmental Journalists. WatchDog Opinion looks at what happened and observes that politicians’ name-calling of journalists has an unfortunate history — but must never be allowed to stop the truthtelling.

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"New House Speaker Champions Fossil Fuels and Dismisses Climate Concerns"

"Representative Mike Johnson of Louisiana, the newly elected House speaker, has questioned climate science, opposed clean energy and received more campaign contributions from oil and gas companies than from any other industry last year."

Source: NYTimes, 10/26/2023

Do Home Buyers Have a Right to Flood Risk Disclosure?

In the second of a two-parter for our 2024 Journalists’ Guide to Environment + Energy, the latest TipSheet considers how local environmental journalists can make news out of the state-by-state patchwork of flood risk disclosure laws amid rising climate extremes. A dozen-and-a-half story ideas and reporting resources on the topic. Plus, see part one on climate and insurance.

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Electric Vehicles Will Be Burning Rubber in 2024

As global sales of electric vehicles surge, the positive impact on climate change emissions could be a critical benefit. But as our Backgrounder points out, it’s not as simple as that. There are challenges with politics, tax laws, mineral access, related pollution regulations and union jobs. Get an overview of the issue, in this latest entry in our expanding 2024 Journalists’ Guide to Environment + Energy.

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Prying Open the Statehouse Doors

Reporting on environmental stories often leads to the state legislature, where key material can be frustratingly hard to access. Whether that’s because the state is deliberately hiding information, has poor systems for sharing it or isn’t even tracking it, there are ways to get what you need. Four seasoned environment reporters offer tips, tricks and commiseration.

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October 18, 2023

Webinar: Chemical Recycling — It’s Not What You Think It Is

Join Ocean Conservancy policy expert Dr. Anja Brandon and colleagues from GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) and Eureka Recycling to discuss the science, policy landscape and industry push around chemical recycling. Audience Q&A to follow. 2:00 p.m. ET.

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October 25, 2023

SEJ Webinar: Mining Public Records To Unearth Air Pollution

In this SEJ webinar, join California Newsroom reporter Molly Peterson and MuckRock data reporter Dillon Bergin to learn how to turn a question into an effective public records request; find the records you want and use them in your reporting; and see how you can use data from a recent investigation to scrutinize air pollution erased from the regulatory record near you. 1-2pm ET.

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October 31, 2023

DEADLINE: States Newsroom's Capital Reporting Fellowship

States Newsroom's paid fellowship is for those who believe that journalism can be a powerful force for social good. This summer program places students and new journalists in newsrooms across the country. Preference given to applicants whose identities are underrepresented in journalism. Apply by Oct 31, 2023.

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October 20, 2023

Money in Politics: Reporting on Campaign Finance and Lobbying

Journalists will play a crucial role in informing the public about who and what organizations are funding candidates, ballot measures and policy debates in Washington, D.C. and across the country. To help you with your reporting, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and OpenSecrets are hosting this training, 11:30 a.m. ET.

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