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DEADLINE: SEJ Emerging Environmental Journalist Award
The SEJ Emerging Environmental Journalist Award, launched in Oct 2015, recognizes students with outstanding potential in environmental journalism. And the program offers individuals the chance to directly advance SEJ’s mission with university and college officials. See the winners: 2017 | 2016
Here’s how it works:
SEJ members and others can pay for a one-year $25 student membership* for a college or university to use to recognize promise in environmental journalism.
The institution sets the criteria and the selection process. SEJ provides a congratulatory letter from the SEJ president. Students gain an entry on their resumé.
This can kickstart a budding environmental journalist’s career. A key part of the program is the sponsor's direct involvement with the school to set up the recognition.
SEJ must be notified of winners before May 1 of each year. That provides time to recognize students at end-of-year awards ceremonies.
And that early career boost might just give them the push they need to stay in the field and become active members after graduation.
The program was announced at SEJ’s 2015 annual conference in Norman, Okla., in October.
* Eligibility criteria apply. Students must not be engaged in paid public relations work concerning environmental issues, or paid lobbying concerning envirornmental issues to be eligible for SEJ membership.
Ready? Just follow these simple instructions:
To help kick-start a journalism student's career:
1. Reach out to your contact at the college of your choice. When your contact has agreed, email this URL to your university contact:
The form includes instructions, and asks for student information, a brief description of the student's qualifications and a selfie of the student.
DEADLINE FOR THE UNIVERSITY FORM TO BE RETURNED: MAY 1.
Be sure to get this information to your university contact in time for the deadline to be met. March is good; April is pushing it.
2. When your contact has selected a student, you'll be notified by SEJ staff. At that time, write out a $25 check and include on the memo line: Journalism Student Recognition: [STUDENT NAME]. Make your check payable to Society of Environmental Journalists and mail to:
Society of Environmental Journalists
1629 K Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Students will receive a one-year membership in SEJ* and an entry on their résumé.
* Eligibility criteria apply. Students must not be engaged in paid public relations work concerning environmental issues, or paid lobbying concerning environmental issues to be eligible for SEJ membership.
Thanks for supporting up-and-coming journalists!
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