BP required workers employed in the Vessels of Opportunity program to sign a contract that included a clause prohibiting them and their deckhands from making "news releases, marketing presentation, or any other public statements" while working on the cleanup . Fishermen who violated the contract could have lost their jobs.
The UNC journalists are part of a team working on Powering a Nation, that investigates the political, economic and scientific tensions behind U.S. energy use.
Powering a Nation is affiliated with News21, a national initiative sponsored by the Carnegie and Knight foundations to innovate the news business.
These journalists also posted a brief video about a community of Vietnamese fishermen awaiting a training class that would certify them to help with BP’s clean-up operations