Speakers to discuss renewable energy Wednesday at Middlebush Auditorium

This was a news brief assigned to me by John Schneller, the enterprise beat editor at the Missourian. I wasn’t very knowledgeable about sustainable energy beforehand, but I wanted to take on the story nonetheless. I was on a fairly tight deadline, so I quickly researched the subject so I would know what questions to ask the event’s media coordinator. The original article was actually quite a bit longer, but it was cut down substantially due to space constraints and the fact that it was supposed to be a news “brief,” not a full-length article. Nonetheless, I’m glad that I’m showing improvement on my ability to write on deadline. 

Speakers to discuss renewable energy Wednesday at Middlebush Auditorium

Monday, November 4, 2013 | 6:15 p.m. CST; updated 1:18 p.m. CST, Monday, November 18, 2013

COLUMBIA — Two speakers will discuss sustainable energy and the hazards of nuclear power at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Middlebush Auditorium on MU campus.

The event, which is open to the public, is titled “Poison-Free Power.” It will include speeches from S. David Freeman, former head of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and John Rachow, chair of the Radiation and Health Committee at Physicians for Social Responsibility, according to a press release from the Osage Group, one of the event’s sponsors.

Rachow will speak about the danger of waste from nuclear reactors, including that of the Callaway Nuclear Plant near Fulton, according to the release. Freeman will discuss the need for the U.S. to increase its renewable energy sources.

The event is sponsored by several advocacy groups, including the Osage Group, Missourians for Safe Energy, the mid-Missouri Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Missouri Coalition for the Environment and MU Peace Studies.


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