SEJ Diversity Task Force

Mission Statement & Objectives

Approved by the SEJ Board 7/31/10

The SEJ Guide to Diversity in Environmental Reporting, published in September 2013, is for journalists who want to address diversity concerns and practice more inclusive journalism. Authors Jennifer Oladipo and Talli Nauman created the guide, inspired by discussions by members of SEJ’s Diversity Task Force.

The overriding mission of the SEJ Diversity Task Force (DTF) is to foster and promote greater coverage and understanding of environmental issues that affect minority and other marginalized communities by increasing ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity in SEJ and the environmental journalism community at large.

In concert with SEJ leadership, we plan to achieve this by:

  • suggesting, encouraging and organizing panels, topical discussions and meetings at SEJ annual conferences
  • developing an online searchable database with contacts and information about environmental issues that affect minority groups, including environmental justice issues
  • developing new outreach efforts to increase SEJ minority membership, and encourage greater participation from minorities at annual conferences (including members, presenters and sponsors)
  • partnering with SEJ’s fellow journalism organizations to raise the profile of environmental justice issues

SEJers, UNITY Coalition J-group partner members (i.e., NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, NAJA) and other SEJ membership-eligible journalists are encouraged to join the DTF's SEJ-DIVERSITY email discussion listserv. The open listserv forum is intended to support the goals of the DTF and promote collaboration, such as connecting SEJ panel submissions with other sister journalism groups. To join the listserv or to find out more about volunteer opportunities for SEJ members and UNITY J-group partner members, contact DTF co-chair Ayana Meade.