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Covering Water Quality: What You Need to Know

About this Course:

In this course, you will learn how to make this story sound as compelling and important as it truly is.

It is a self-guided, interactive lesson in which you'll learn where your drinking water comes from, how it's made fit for human consumption, and how it gets to your faucet.

These basics will save you time and help you spot important angles when covering any drinking water quality story – whether you're meeting a daily deadline or filing an in-depth feature.

Through hands-on exercises with key resources and tools, you'll gather important background information specific to your region. This will give you a head start on future drinking water stories. Even better, this lesson can help you formulate a strong pitch for your editor.

It can make the difference between a dry, superficial account and a compelling, context-rich story about something your readers depend upon for sheer survival: safe drinking water.

What Will I Learn:

Locate the best sources and resources on water quality for your coverage area

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Ask the right people the right questions.
  • Quickly reality-check quotes and other information provided by official sources.
  • Prevent common water quality reporting errors.
Who should take this course:

This course is for any journalist – TV, radio, print or online – who needs to take an important issue that affects everyone and put it into meaningful context. It is also for anyone who has ever taken a drink of water and has wondered how its purity is being safeguarded.

Course Instructor:

Amy Gahran

Amy Gahran is a media consultant and contributor to the Society of Environmental Journalists' TipSheet.

Training Partner:

Society of Environmental Journalists

The Society of Environmental Journalists provides critical support to journalists of all media in their efforts to cover complex issues of the environment responsibly.

This $30 course is free thanks to the support of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  1. Course Number

    Self-directed Course
  2. Classes Start

  3. Estimated Effort

    2 to 3 hours