All forms of advocacy, esp. environmental groups.

Before You Cover That Pipeline Protest, Check the Law

At least 16 states currently have critical infrastructure anti-protest laws that could sweep up journalists on the scene, reports the latest TipSheet. The laws, which more states are considering, apply to pipelines, but sometimes other facilities that impact the environment too, like powerlines, dams, port facilities and refineries. How to keep track and avoid going to jail.

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Canadian Journalists Take RCMP to Court Over Fairy Creek Access Bans

"The Canadian Association of Journalists, along with a group of news organizations and press freedom groups, says it plans to take the RCMP to court over its decision to restrict media coverage at the Fairy Creek blockades. Journalists from all over B.C. have been covering the demonstrations against the logging of old-growth trees near Port Renfrew."

Source: CBC News, 05/27/2021
May 1, 2023

DEADLINE: Allard Prize Photography and Video Competitions

The twice-yearly photo competition (CAD$1,000 prize) and annual video competition (CAD$10,000 prize) are for entries related to corruption or human rights, especially  in the developed world    . Next deadline (photos): May 1, 2023.

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When No News Is Bad News — EPA Uncensors Climate Indicators

A government website that tracked climate change is back after being frozen by the Trump administration. But the return of the EPA’s climate indicator page, argues the new WatchDog opinion column, is just one step in undoing a longer-term and more systematic assault on science that has hobbled truth-seeking journalists. WatchDog on what must come next.

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"The Fight For The Soul – And The Future – Of Exxonmobil"

"A group of insurgent investors backed by the three largest pension funds in America is trying to force ExxonMobil to take climate change much more seriously — not just for the sake of the company’s viability but also for the sake of the planet."

Source: Washington Post, 05/24/2021
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.


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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Native Tribal Nations Push for Changes in Public Lands

As Native tribal nations successfully exert ancestral rights to land stewardship across the West, journalists covering these developments must first grasp the legal principles that underpin Native governmental sovereignty. But also key is to create and sustain relationships with Native community members. Veteran environment and Indigenous affairs reporter Debra Krol lays out the basics for effective reporting from Indian Country.

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"3 Arrested Can Challenge Louisiana Pipeline Trespass Law"

"Protesters from New Orleans and Mississippi and a journalist from New York arrested during a protest against pipeline construction may continue their challenge of a Louisiana law carrying a possible five-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of trespassing in the area of a pipeline, a federal judge has ruled."

Source: AP, 05/10/2021


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