17. - Introduction -- Forms of science writing and environment writing -- audiences and writing style; Topic: history of science writing and environmental writing
READ: CP Snow -- The Two Cultures
READ: Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, "Unpopular Science" (Nation magazine) and their book, Unscientific America (Basic Books)
SUBSCRIBE: To Yale360 and Environment news service (free email subscriptions)
OPTIONAL: Join the Society of Environmental Journalists www.sej.org and subscribe to SEJ-Talk
FIND: News or feature writing that best fits what you would like to do. Bring in examples. We'll talk about this in class.
24. - Research and writing about science and the environment; Topics - Drinking water, watershed conservation easements
EXPLORE - Poynter Institute News U "Covering Water Quality" tutorial
SUBMIT -- Three story ideas for the region about environmental issues. Think about topic, sources, goals for your writing.
Be prepared for weekly quizzes on last week's readings !
31. Writing leads; Thinking about news and in-depth reports; Topic -Water pollution regulations and enforcement
Also: New River Round Table, Friends of the New River, National Committee for the New River, and other water quality groups
WATCH - Ducks Unlimited Clean Water Act overview
READ Clean Water Act entry Wikipedia
READ - Interpreting environmental information
EXPLORE - EPA impared waters list and map -- Scroll down to New River, middle
EXPLORE - Virginia DEQ air pollution pages
7. Structuring your writing: Topic - Air pollution issues in the NRV
Factories, coal fired power plants information TBA
14. Interviews are easy: Topic - Sustainability and green architecture in the New River Valley
21.-Shooting video and putting it on the web; Topic - Renewable Energy issues in the region
First of three stories due end of the week; two others should be well on the way
28. Mapping; Topic - Climate change in Appalachia
WATCH: An inconvenient truth
WATCH: "Resisting the Green Dragon" (industry public relations campaign) and "Daring to question Al Gore" (dissenting journalist)
READ: "Climate Change 101" (Columbia Journalism Review)
READ: Bud Ward, Communicating on Climate Change: An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists, and Educators, Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting
14. Mapping the permits on the river-- Topic: Coal Mining and Mountaintop Removal
WATCH a short clip from an episode of Bill Moyers Journal on mountaintop removal mining.
Readings and video to be announced; Field trip should be set up by this time
21. How to intervew scientists; how to be interviewed - Topic: Toxic waste, TRI, enviornmental justice and the media
WATCH "The Warriors of Quijang" (39 minutes)
Other readings and video to be announced; esp. TVA and the coal ash disaster of 2008
Second of three stories due end of the week; Just one more left !
28. Long-form literary non-fiction writing / first person writing
READ: "A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf" by John Muir, c. 1867 -- We're especially interested in the Cumberlands Mountain chapter.
READ: "A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett, c. 1886 -- Where is this woman's ultimate loyalty?
Also Annie Dillard, John McPhee, others ...
4. Blue Ridge Parkway field trip -- Topic - Blue Ridge Parkway, Rails to Trails, bikeways and development
11. Writing about wildlife biology and ecosystems
18. International connections - environment and development
Third of three stories due end of the week
25 Wrap up