Pitching High and Tight — An Independent Journalist Finds Success

In her early days, freelancer Gloria Dickie aimed high, pitching her dream publication first, as well as offering newsier stories and short features instead of long-form. The formula worked, leading to assignments, a book project and a prestigious staff job. Freelance Files Co-Editor Christine Woodside spoke with Dickie about the lessons of a life as an independent. Plus, a BookShelf review of “Eight Bears” by a fellow bear connoisseur.

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July 20, 2023

AHCJ Webinar: Covering High-Risk Lab Accidents and the COVID-19 Origins Story

In this Association of Health Care Journalists webinar, investigative reporter Alison Young will talk about her book; provide context about what is known about what happened at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and about lab leaks more broadly; and offer resources and tips for staying on top of this very timely issue. 2 p.m. ET.

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U.N. Watchdog Says Japan Can Release Nuclear Waste Water Into The Ocean

"The International Atomic Energy Agency has approved a plan by Japan to release more than a million tons of treated nuclear waste water from the destroyed Fukushima power plant into the ocean, despite vehement international opposition."

Source: NPR, 07/07/2023

Ursine Odyssey Seeks Insight Into Future for Bears

A new book takes readers around the planet to better understand the world’s eight bear species and our relationships with them, including not just how we’ve popularized some but also the many ways we’ve mistreated or pushed others to the brink of extinction. In the new BookShelf, Frances Backhouse reviews Gloria Dickie’s just-published volume, “Eight Bears.” Plus, Freelance Files interviews Dickie.

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