Tag Archives: environmental journalism

EcoReview: Take Your Carbon Footprint Out To Dinner

Rachel Beglin, Parker Garman, Clare Hudock Knight News Challenge Application Project Title: “EcoReview: Take Your Carbon Footprint Out To Dinner” Requested Amount: $25,000 Expected Amount of Time to Complete the Project: 6 months Project Description If you have ever found yourself wondering what your environmental impact is at the restaurants where you eat and drink, […]

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I Believe… Journalism Will Survive

I believe… I believe that the biggest opportunity facing news organizations today is the access they now have to instant news stories from millions of people around the world. I believe that my greatest challenge as a journalist will be conveying stories and ideas in an unbiased way. I believe that the biggest problem with […]

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Questions for Friday: Science and Journalism

1. What are some mistakes a journalist can make when covering a scientific story? What are the consequences for that field of science, the scientists interviewed, and for the journalist? 2. Two of the readings listed questions a journalist might ask a scientist to get an interesting and accurate story. Some of these were, “What […]

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Are Obscenities Appropriate for the Obscene?

A strife over waste-management practices between North Carolina communities and factory hog farmers provoked this article by Olivia Becker for Vice News. As you’ll notice, the article’s title, although I find it clever, could be off-putting to many people. Readers might not take it as seriously or be thrown-off from the true focus of the […]

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Garden Guide: Growing Your Food Has Never Been So Easy

Garden Guide: Growing Your Food Has Never Been So Easy Miriam Akervall, Ben Schmidt, Lisa Miller Requested Amount: $200,000 Requested Time: One year Description In this age of instant satisfaction, it is difficult to rationalize spending months or even weeks of our valuable time on gardening. The costs include purchasing and planning, not to mention […]

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The Future of News?

We’re fortunate enough to be living through a revolution in the way news is presented and delivered. While the disruption can be disconcerting, it’s also exciting — an opportunity for you to participate in the reinvention of this industry. As we head into the end of the academic term, it’s worthwhile to once again ponder […]

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Clean Air Credits

This article discusses the clean air credit trade currently occurring between car companies unable to reach the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) quotas in particular states and allow those falling short to avoid large fines. Nissan and Telsa motors have sold credit surpluses to Honda and Chrystler. Although ZEV technology has made substantial progress, are ZEV car’s commercially […]

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The Scientist/Journalist Culture Clash: Exploring the Rift

           In our first class, we look at the challenges journalists face as they try to pry information from often recalcitrant sources. While journalists are often on a tight deadline and need to tell a complicated story in a few paragraphs, scientists may speak in jargon, insist that every nuance of an issue be covered […]

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The Government’s Gatekeepers

One of the greatest challenges you face as an environmental journalist is covering a government agency: The Environmental Protection Agency. This week’s readings focus on the steps journalists must take to get information from the EPA. Science writer Janet Raloff discusses some of the frustrations she experienced when an EPA press conference was cut abruptly […]

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