Track the economic impact of Hurricane Matthew

View of Hurricane Katrina destruction in the city of New Orleans. (Photo by NOAA / Creative Commons)  In the wake of any natural disaster, there’s a seemingly endless number of public service and accountability stories to chase. You want to know when the power is going to come back on. How many people have been…

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How to build a better weather story: Tips for reporting before, during and after the storm

A graphic from the Seattle Times’ coverage of the Oso, Washington landslide Does your newsroom have the data and resources it needs to cover the next big storm? With a little preparation, you can have detailed information on critical infrastructure – like dams and levees – ready to go the next time a hurricane or…

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New avenues for reporting on climate change and other global crises

By Pietro Lombardi The number of enterprise stories covering climate change, illegal resource exploitation, food and water security and other environmental threats has increased in recent years. Deborah Nelson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and freelance investigative reporter for Reuters; Robert S. Eshelman, Environment Editor at VICE News; Andrew Revkin, Pace University, and Josh Meyer, Medill National…

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Pipelines, dams and pollution: How to investigation the environment in your community

By Lenore T. Adkins Some of the most important stories about the environment lurk beyond the city limits, but reporters often overlook those narratives because they aren’t in urban settings, said a group of panelists who investigate the environment.  “Agriculture is vastly under-covered,” said Joseph Davis, editor of the WatchDog newsletter for the Society of…

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