Health

Reporting on Poor, Kids Sickened by Industrial Air Pollution

Pittsburgh is known for its history of steel production … and of air pollution. In the new Inside Story, reporter Kristina Marusic talks about capturing the health impacts of air emissions in western Pennsylvania, and shares insights on how dogged environmental justice reporting can make the links between pollution cuts and health impacts. Plus, tips on managing a long reporting project, creating infographics and using video.

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Lawn Chemicals May Make Fertile Soil for Local Environmental Stories

Lawns can be as much bane as boon for homeowners that care for them throughout the United States. But when their maintenance involves the use of pesticides and fertilizers, they become a much wider concern for community health and the surrounding environment. The latest TipSheet combs through the grass for a better understanding of the problem, and offers ideas and resources for local environmental coverage.

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DEADLINE: The National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships

Apply by May 10 for this special year-long fellowship, a collaboration of SEJ, AHCJ and CASW. Twelve early-career US journalists will receive training, networking, mentoring, new sources and story ideas — while allowing them to stay at their jobs.

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The Uproot Project

Launched in March 2021, this Grist-supported network is for journalists of color who cover environmental issues, or aspire to. Open to journalists and students of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds, but with a primary directive to grow the careers of journalists of color and to expand diversity in newsrooms, especially those covering communities disproportionately affected by the climate emergency.

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June 7, 2021 to June 17, 2021

Science Writers and Communicators of Canada 2021 Conference

SWCC will gather virtually June 7, 9, 11, 14, 15 and 17 for their 2021 Conference to explore resilience through informative sessions and interactive workshops. 12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET each day.

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Wastewater Ponds Often a Local Story Worth Stirring Up

The tale of a toxic wastewater pit menacing a Florida community is a story that could be told in communities around the nation. As the latest TipSheet warns, these waste sites can turn into ticking time bombs. But in reporting the story locally, the first thing to know is which of the many kinds of wastewater ponds to look for. Here’s a rundown.

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Trump Officials Celebrated Efforts To Change CDC Reports On Coronavirus

"Trump appointees in the Department of Health and Human Services last year privately touted their efforts to block or alter scientists’ reports on the coronavirus to more closely align with President Donald Trump’s more optimistic messages about the outbreak, according to newly released documents from congressional investigators."

Source: Washington Post, 04/12/2021

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