October 25, 2023

SEJ Webinar: Mining Public Records To Unearth Air Pollution

In this SEJ webinar, join California Newsroom reporter Molly Peterson and MuckRock data reporter Dillon Bergin to learn how to turn a question into an effective public records request; find the records you want and use them in your reporting; and see how you can use data from a recent investigation to scrutinize air pollution erased from the regulatory record near you. 1-2pm ET.

October 31, 2023

DEADLINE: States Newsroom's Capital Reporting Fellowship

States Newsroom's paid fellowship is for those who believe that journalism can be a powerful force for social good. This summer program places students and new journalists in newsrooms across the country. Preference given to applicants whose identities are underrepresented in journalism. Apply by Oct 31, 2023.

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October 20, 2023

Money in Politics: Reporting on Campaign Finance and Lobbying

Journalists will play a crucial role in informing the public about who and what organizations are funding candidates, ballot measures and policy debates in Washington, D.C. and across the country. To help you with your reporting, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and OpenSecrets are hosting this training, 11:30 a.m. ET.


Home Insurance Likely To Be a 2024 Climate Story Near You

In the first of a two-parter for our 2024 Journalists’ Guide to Environment & Energy, TipSheet looks at what climate-driven disasters mean for the home insurance market. Storms, floods and fire rip through communities, yet a federal insurance program falls short, lawmakers shy away from real reform and insurers grow hesitant to cover the risks, while homeowners often attempt to rebuild in the same problematic locales. Plus, see part two on extreme weather and insurance.

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"Alaska-Rooted Deputy Interior Secretary Tommy Beaudreau Is Stepping Down"

"Tommy Beaudreau is stepping down from his post as the No. 2 official at the U.S. Interior Department. Beaudreau grew up in Alaska during the 1980s and has gone on to spend 10 years working at the Interior Department. He has worn several hats at Interior, including chief of staff and director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management."

Source: Anchorage Daily News, 10/05/2023

CDC Data Offer Multiplicity of Starting Points for Environmental Health Stories

For reporters seeking stories that connect environmental and health issues, there may be no better — or more wide-ranging — place to start than with high-quality data from the Centers for Disease Control’s wide range of datasets. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox looks into where the CDC’s data originates from and how that affects its usefulness, and offers up a helpful overview of CDC data surveys.

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Funding To Replace Lead Pipes Is Just the Start of the Story

Billions of dollars in federal funding to get rid of lead pipes is only the beginning — now the pipes have to be located, removed and replaced. And the latest TipSheet says that’s a story that’s found in many U.S. communities, so is ripe for local reporting. Here’s the backstory and why it matters, along with more than a dozen story ideas and reporting resources.

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