On the Radio: Water Communication Research


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This week’s On the Radio  segment covers research being done at the University of Iowa that explores how water quality issues are being covered in the media. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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EPA Gets A Failing Grade

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The EPA, along with other major federal agencies, received failing marks for not being able to meet the requirements of a  2010 law. The law requires bureaucrats to  write official documents with the public in mind — less jargon, more verbs.

Agencies “need to write for their intended audience, and it’s not for lawyers. It’s for taxpayers filling out forms, and farmers trying to get government loans, and people applying for HUD loans,” said the law’s author, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa. “Until every grade is an ‘A,’ we will keep holding these bureaucrats’ feet to the fire.”

To learn more, head over to USAToday.