You keep hearing about “fracking” in western Pennsylvania and North Dakota, but can’t imagine how it would affect your community.
In this NLGJA convention session on Aug. 23 in Boston, Marilyn Geewax, a senior business editor with NPR, will help you understand how this unleashing of massive supplies of fossil fuels is changing all of our lives. The energy revolution is making U.S. manufacturing competitive again and soon could be generating millions of jobs from Maine to California. And it’s having a broad impact on the environment, tax revenues and politics.
This session is part of Boston: Uncommon, the 2013 convention of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, which will be held in Boston Aug. 22-25. This session is open to only NLGJA Convention attendees. Register here.
Geewax will offer a similar webinar, free on Dec. 4.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Every American has a stake in these changes; all journalists need to understand the basics – and to look for the local angles. Here’s what this session will help you understand:
1) Fracking – What exactly is it, and why does this drilling process generate so much oil and gas – and controversy? Get familiar with the basic terms of the debate so you feel comfortable setting out to tell a story about it.
2) Manufacturing – Economists say fracking is transforming manufacturing. Huh? Get a clearer understanding of the direct link between the drilling process and the revival of many factories.
3) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Many optimists say the energy revolution will help create millions of jobs. Some communities will be building bigger ports to export liquefied natural gas and others will be gaining pipeline-construction jobs. Many may be able to build new infrastructure with revenues from drilling leases. But if cheap energy makes it easier to automate, will some jobs be lost?
4) The Environment – Environmentalists are raising serious questions about water use, pollution, earthquakes, and the overall wisdom of increasing the use of fossil fuels like oil and gas. What’s at stake?
5) The Local Angle –The energy revolution is generating changes all around us – and you, as a journalist, will see the local angles once you know how to spot changes in your own community.
IS THIS SESSION FOR YOU?
The answer is very likely yes. You need to understand what’s happening in the energy sector if you have any interest in covering politics, business, the environment, globalization, the Middle East, transportation, Wall Street, education/job training or infrastructure. The session is designed for those who may be relatively unfamiliar with the topic, but experts are encouraged to join in for a serious discussion about a defining issue for this new century.
Marilyn Geewax is a senior business editor on NPR’s national desk and its national economics correspondent. She was the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers’ Washington Bureau. Before coming to Washington in 1999, she worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, first as a business reporter and then as a columnist and editorial board member.
She earned a master’s degree at Georgetown University, where she focused on international economic affairs. She also studied economics and international relations at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow.
From 2001 to 2006, she taught a business journalism class as an adjunct professor at George Washington University.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This conference session is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. If you have any questions about the center’s training, please email Executive Director Linda Austin or call 602-496-9187.
Those who successfully complete three workshops or online seminars presented by the Reynolds Center are eligible to receive a “Circle of Achievement” certificate.