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"Spate of Mock News Sites With Russian Ties Pop Up in U.S."

"Into the depleted field of journalism in America, a handful of websites have appeared in recent weeks with names suggesting a focus on news close to home: D.C. Weekly, the New York News Daily, the Chicago Chronicle and a newer sister publication, the Miami Chronicle. In fact, they are not local news organizations at all. They are Russian creations, researchers and government officials say, meant to mimic actual news organizations to push Kremlin propaganda by interspersing it among an at-times odd mix of stories about crime, politics and culture."

Source: NYTimes, 03/12/2024

"Adapt, Move or Die? Plants and Animals Face New Pressures in a Warming World"

"The world continues to hit alarming records. Last year was the warmest since record keeping began in 1850. And the 10 warmest years have all occurred in the past decade. The implications for life on Earth are vast. More than 1 million species are already at risk of extinction — a number that’s likely to increase with climate pressures."

Source: The Revelator, 03/12/2024

Will AI Make It Easier To Limit Press Freedom?

Artificial intelligence is at the confluence of forces — concentrated media ownership, the dominance of social media platforms — that are harming press freedoms and the work of journalists. But the WatchDog Opinion column warns AI may quickly further problems of disinformation and censorship. Here’s why, along with some hopeful responses from the journalism profession.

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Six Ways To Cover the Environmental Impacts of Animal Agriculture

Animal agriculture is a massive industry with a vast environmental footprint, so there are plenty of reporting opportunities for journalists on the “eat beat.” In the second of two parts, following last week’s examination of diet-related greenhouse gas emissions, food-and-climate journalist Jenny Splitter serves up a variety of story ideas and information sources, plus some thoughts on solutions journalism.

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March 20, 2024

SEJ Webinar: Stopping Climate Action Mis-Information — How Is the Media Complicit and What Can Journalists Do?

Join SEJ for a webinar exploring how the media shapes public discourse on climate action, a major theme of the upcoming #SEJ2024 annual conference in Philadelphia. Speakers include a conference co-chair, SEJ’s vice president of programs and a panel of environmental advocates. 1:00 p.m. ET.

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March 15, 2024

IIJ Insurance for Freelancers Webinar

The Institute for Independent Journalists invites you to learn about securing insurance as a freelance journalist, how to manage risk and resources that can protect you.

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Rare Gray Whale Seen Off Nantucket Is Good And Bad News, Says Cape Expert

"An unusual visitor to local waters has caused a stir among the region's marine scientists: a gray whale. Researchers with the New England Aquarium's aerial survey team on Tuesday reported spotting the whale 30 miles south of Nantucket during a flight on Friday — a sighting they said is "incredibly rare," considering the species has been extinct in the Atlantic Ocean for more than two centuries."

Source: Cape Cod Times, 03/08/2024

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