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Complaint to PCC raises further criticism of Sunday Times’ environment coverage

According to a report in the Guardian yesterday, Simon Lewis, an expert on tropical on forests at the University of Leeds, has filed a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) about an article in the Sunday Times.

The article published on 31 January, which alleged that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had made mistakes in a report on global warming, was “inaccurate, misleading and distorted”, according to Lewis, who says he contacted the newspaper before the story was published and has since written letters and tried to leave comments on the website.

Questions have been raised by several bloggers over the Sunday Times’ environmental coverage – particularly following reports that the title had been banned from receive pre-publication releases from some scientific journals for breaking embargoes.

The article at the heart of Lewis’ complaint and those that resulted in bans for the Sunday Times from PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) were written by Jonathan Leake, who recently responded on blog Embargo Watch, saying he was unconcerned about the bans:

As you can see, these press officers have claimed they have banned us from their embargo system but this is rather misleading because we have a policy of not signing up to these embargo systems. Since we are not part of them we can hardly be banned. The press officers in question do know our position and I would suggest their statements are knowingly misleading.

Internships available in environmental journalism

A new media company is teaming up with one of the UK’s largest magazines to create a green and ethical supplement and needs two interns to help them inform people on ethical issues and green living. Details are on a need to know basis at the moment, but there’s a very big name editor lined up to work on the project.

One of the interns must be a ‘star of the future’ for environmental journalism and could become the supplement’s editor in time. Their role will be to help with content for the website and editorial planning for the magazine, as well as writing advertorials.

The second intern will be a Green Press person and should also have an interest in music PR. They will be working with a green record company and with Britain’s greenest festival.

To apply or for more details email: alex.lockwood@sunderland.ac.uk or contact him on Twitter @alexlockwood.