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"Making Sense of Menhaden"

"In the Chesapeake Bay, a fight is raging over a little fish with an outsized importance."

"Over the week of July 4, 2022, people flocking to Chesapeake Bay’s Virginia coast were met at the water’s edge by hordes of ghastly visitors: schools of hand-sized silver menhaden washed up by the thousands, their carcasses floating in the surf in the summer’s heat. By the week’s end, as the fish liquefied in a dumpster at a nearby wharf, circulating petitions were gaining signatures.

Source: Hakai, 02/07/2023

Pair Is Charged With Plotting to ‘Destroy Baltimore’ by Attacking Grid

"Federal law enforcement officials have arrested two people accused of conspiring to “completely destroy Baltimore” in what they described on Monday as a racist plot to demolish the power grid in a predominantly Black city."

Source: NYTimes, 02/07/2023

Pa. Drillers Abandoned Thousands Of Gas Wells In 5 Years, Ignored State Law

"Pennsylvania’s environmental regulator says, over a five-year period, more than half of conventional oil and gas operators failed to report how much gas they pulled from the ground and whether their equipment is safe."

Source: NPR, 01/26/2023

Determined Grantee Weaves Together Unique Project on Ash Trees, Wetlands and Baskets

When the global pandemic interfered with independent journalist Gabriel Popkin’s plans for a grant-funded biodiversity reporting project on the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest threatening ash forests, he came up with a surprising solution. In this FEJ StoryLog, Popkin shares how he worked around travel shutdowns and subsequent story pitch rejections to ultimately discover an alternative storytelling option to keep his project alive.

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March 1, 2023

DEADLINE: Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference for High School Juniors

High school juniors (class of 2024) with an interest in journalism can apply to attend Freedom Forum's annual event, all expenses paid plus a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. The 2023 conference takes place Jun 24-29 in Washington, DC. Apply by Mar 1.

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January 27, 2023

SEJ Happy Hour in Philadelphia

The Society of Environmental Journalists board of directors invites member and nonmember journalists and guests to a happy hour event, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The Board and Brew in Philadelphia. Come meet and mingle with board members meeting in Philadelphia.

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Whither the Permitting Reform Bill in 2023?

The complex legal obstacles that face U.S. energy projects prompted political machinations over permitting reform in the last Congress and likely will again in the new one. The latest Backgrounder explores how the energy permitting system works (or doesn’t), why Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin may really be pushing for its reform and the reason some environmentalists concede reform may have green benefits.

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January 5, 2024

DEADLINE: #SEJ2024 Philadelphia Conference Travel Diversity Fellowships

SEJ and The Uproot Project are partnering to offer diversity fellowships (worth up to $2800) to support journalists' attendance at #SEJ2024 in Philadelphia, Apr 3-7. Apply by January 5!

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