Thursday, March 13, 2014

Apply by April 15 for free fellowships to workshop on covering shale oil and gas, hydraulic fracturing

Journalists looking to get a better understanding of how to report on the booming shale gas and oil business, and the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or just looking to increase their knowledge on the subject, are invited to apply for a fellowship to the McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute on Shale Gas and Oil Development, scheduled from June 22-24 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

"This workshop will help journalists understand the legal, scientific, health and economic issues surrounding shale gas and oil development, and give them the context needed so that they can better inform their communities about these important topics," says the Society of Environmental Journalists, which is hosting the event.

Workshop participants will "gain an overview of shale gas and oil development, discuss the policy issues involved with shale development, hear from top legal experts about the laws surrounding development, find out the latest on pipeline safety, learn from leading experts what is and isn’t known regarding the health and environmental effects of shale development, discuss with other journalists and editors best practices for such coverage, and hear from those journalists who have been on the front lines of shale development coverage, and tour a fracking facility."

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation will cover all transportation, housing, food and tuition costs for fellowships. The deadline to apply is April 15. For more information or to apply click here.

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