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"Florida Data Scientist Rebekah Jones Granted Whistleblower Status"

"A former Florida Department of Health employee has received whistleblower status a year after being fired for repeatedly violating the agency’s policy about communicating with the media."

Source: AP, 06/01/2021

The Year Nature Became Mainstream Medicine

An unusual student journalist, moonlighting in between his Ph.D. training as a clinical psychologist, turned an interest in the ways nature can heal into an award-winning story for a prominent magazine, and in the process helped prompt skyrocketing interest among mainstream physicians in “prescribing nature.” Aaron Reuben shares his experience in the new EJ Academy.

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May 26, 2021

Envisioning Our Future: Climate and Racial Justice

Environmental justice is racial justice. What are some of the most promising opportunities in helping communities most at risk of suffering the negative effects of climate change? Join Grist for a live conversation with Alicia Garza (pictured), principal, Black Futures Lab and co-creator, #BlackLivesMatter. 12pm ET.

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Webinar Offers Insight Into Complexities of Environmental Justice Reporting

Long overlooked or misunderstood outside of the communities they affected, issues of environmental equity are now increasingly the focus of both government action and journalistic digging. A recent webinar from the Society of Environmental Journalists explored new developments with this many-layered challenge and offered advice on how it can be better covered. Webinar moderator and reporter Perla Trevizo has a rundown.

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Ready for Climate Change-Induced Grid Blackouts Along With Heat Waves?

Climate change can mean doubling down on disasters, such as a combination of widespread power outages with the kind of extreme heat that kills. The latest TipSheet explores why such simultaneous disasters are so dangerous, where they’ve happened already, why they are increasingly likely to happen again and how to prepare to cover them in your area.

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“Routledge Handbook of Environmental Journalism”

While a “Handbook of Environmental Journalism” might initially sound like a scholarly work on environmental journalism, our BookShelf reviewer finds that the volume reads more like an engaging assembly of accessible accounts on the profession from colleagues across the planet. That makes it a rich resource for working journalists ... and anyone else with a passing interest in environmental issues and how they’re covered.

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May 24, 2021 to June 15, 2021

2021 National Pesticide Forum: Cultivating Healthy Communities

Presented by Beyond Pesticides and The Institute for Exposomic Research/Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, the virtual 2021 Forum takes place 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET on May 24, and 1:00-5:30 p.m. ET on June 1, 8 and 15, to discuss confronting health threats, climate disasters and biodiversity collapse with a toxic-free future.

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Reporting on Poor, Kids Sickened by Industrial Air Pollution

Pittsburgh is known for its history of steel production … and of air pollution. In the new Inside Story, reporter Kristina Marusic talks about capturing the health impacts of air emissions in western Pennsylvania, and shares insights on how dogged environmental justice reporting can make the links between pollution cuts and health impacts. Plus, tips on managing a long reporting project, creating infographics and using video.

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