It sounded like a good idea at the time. A former colleague who teaches at a local university asked you to give a guest lecture. You agreed, thinking, “This will be fun. They are just college kids, after all. I’ve been working for as long as some of them have been alive.
As the Deepwater Horizon oil spill refocused public attention on the environment this spring and summer, students in my environmental reporting class got real-time lessons in the critical importance of accurate reporting on the topic. They saw related issues that cut a broad swath through modern life, including politics, business, transportation, health, economics, energy policy and even national security.