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 Tuesday, May 11, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Journalists Get the Scoop on Environmental Issues
By Vanessa Lozano, sophomore, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Twenty-five journalists from around the country have traveled to Boulder for the 5th annual Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment this week.

The program runs May 10 -15, and is presented by the Center for Environmental Journalism at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Professional journalists with interests in environmental science and policy issues are selected to participate in a weeklong intensive program. Experts on a variety of current topics including global climate change, energy policies and urban sprawl will present seminars throughout the week.

"The abundance of scientists and research laboratories within a close proximity make Boulder an ideal location for this program," said Wendy Redal, program coordinator for the Center for Environmental Journalism.

Participants will visit sites such as the Rocky Mountain National Park, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

"Journalists play a vital role in helping us all have a clearer understanding and appreciation for our environment. If journalists better understand environmental issues, they can help educate the public," said Len Ackland, co-director of the Center for Environmental Journalism.

Ackland traveled to Alaska as a Midnight Sun Fellow for the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources last summer.

"It is the wildest and most remote place I've ever experienced. There are no superlatives great enough to describe Alaska," he said. He spent one and a half weeks with journalists from around the west investigating salmon fishing, logging, wildlife management and grizzly bear issues.

Ackland will be speaking on nuclear energy and waste during the Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment.

For more information on the Center for Environmental Journalism and the Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment please visit www.colorado.edu/journalism/cej.


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