Pitching High and Tight — An Independent Journalist Finds Success

In her early days, freelancer Gloria Dickie aimed high, pitching her dream publication first, as well as offering newsier stories and short features instead of long-form. The formula worked, leading to assignments, a book project and a prestigious staff job. Freelance Files Co-Editor Christine Woodside spoke with Dickie about the lessons of a life as an independent. Plus, a BookShelf review of “Eight Bears” by a fellow bear connoisseur.

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Shipping Rule Backfires, Diverting Sulfur Emissions From Air to Ocean

"When large ships use scrubbers to meet international air pollution limits, the treated fuel exhaust gets dumped into the sea along with other contaminants. Researchers say the discharges are packed with metals and organic compounds that threaten marine environments."

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/18/2023

"John Kerry Hails China’s ‘Incredible Job’ On Renewables, Warns On Coal"

"U.S. special climate envoy John F. Kerry praised China’s “incredible job” expanding renewable energy sources Monday, while urging the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter to stop building coal-fired power plants."

Source: Washington Post, 07/18/2023
July 27, 2023

Webinar: How To Cover Planetary Boundaries

Are you interested in learning how to write about and cover the Earth’s nine planetary boundaries? Do you have a story idea related to ecological tipping points and the impacts on Earth’s ecosystems? Mongabay's latest webinar features a panel with experience on this increasingly covered topic. 7:00 a.m. ET.

July 20, 2023

ICFJ Webinar: Crisis Reporting — Exploring Mathematics' Uncrowded Space for Journalists and Writers

ICFJ's third math webinar features mathematics writer Erica Klarreich, who will provide valuable insights into mathematics' lesser-explored realms, uncovering captivating stories and opportunities for journalists and writers, whether you have a strong background in math or are simply curious about the subject. 1:00 p.m. ET.

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"Cement Warms The Planet. This Green Version Just Got A Key Nod Of Approval."

"Companies are finding more environmentally friendly ways to make cement, which accounts for about a twelfth of global carbon dioxide emissions, making it worse for the climate than flying. Now they have to convince builders that their climate-friendly cement will hold just as well as the conventional stuff."

Source: Washington Post, 07/14/2023

"Leaks Can Make Natural Gas as Bad for the Climate as Coal, a Study Says"

"Natural gas, long seen as a cleaner alternative to coal and an important tool in the fight to slow global warming, can be just as harmful to the climate, a new study has concluded, unless companies can all but eliminate the leaks that plague its use."

Source: NYTimes, 07/14/2023


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