My name is Jamie Friedland and I’m from Chicago. I graduated from Duke University in 2009 with a major in Public Policy Studies and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. I lived in Washington, DC for two years right out of school working in a number of positions in Democratic politics and environmental communication & advocacy. I am currently in law school out in California, which is why I will be posting infrequently.
I began blogging in the summer of 2008 after interning at the Natural Resources Defense Council and witnessing up close the Senate battle over the Climate Security Act. My experiences with that legislative effort and the news-consuming habits that I developed that summer put me in a position where I felt I was informed enough to actually contribute something via a blog. Especially because there has been a marked decline in the quality and effectiveness of mainstream journalism.
In October 2008, I became a columnist for The Chronicle, Duke University’s daily independent newspaper, and I held that post until they made me leave because I didn’t go to school there anymore. My frustration with the press coverage of global warming also prompted me to complete an honors thesis on “balance as bias” in the media coverage of climate change, which is briefly summarized in my final Chronicle column, “Balancing Act.”
More recently, I contributed to the Environment page of Change.org for 9 months beginning in the summer of 2010. I currently crosspost many of my posts at TPM dagblog and I encourage anyone who’s interested to join us there in discussing these issues and more.
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