Journalism & Media

SEJ's Birth

 By JIM DETJEN

In the late 1980s, environmental issues were growing in importance. A hole in the ozone layer had been discovered over Antarctica in 1985. The Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine had melted dow, spreading radioactive contamination throughout Europe in 1986. A scientist named James Hansen was making increasingly provocative statements about global warming.

Despite the prominence of these environmental concerns, there was no national association to support journalists who wrote about these issues.

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The Beat: Top Universities Rethink How To Prepare E-Beat Journalists

By BILL DAWSON

The Beat usually examines recent coverage of environmental issues. This time around, though, The Beat looks at the environmental beat itself — specifically, at a couple of recent developments related to the training of journalists to cover environmental issues.

The first event was the October announcement that Columbia University was suspending for review its two-year, dual-degree graduate program leading to one master's degree in journalism and another in environmental science.

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E-Reporting Biz: It Can Be Dangerous Being An E-Journalist in the Digital Age

By BUD WARD

Be careful out there.

With all its wealth of riches and extraordinary research opportunities, the digital age of environmental journalism has brought with it an ugly underbelly characterized by increasingly bitter personal exchanges and accusations and a sucking-up of countless hours of productive reporting time and effort.

Were it not for the overall down-sizing challenges in the current news and economic climate, one might think covering the environment would surely qualify as hazardous duty pay.

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Media on the Move: New Jobs, Projects and Awards for SEJ Members

By JUDY FAHYS 

Longtime SEJ member Debbie Gilbert tells a story of adapting to an unexpected change on the environment beat. She had been covering health and the environment for almost 10 years at The Times in Gainesville, Ga., when she was "downsized" in April. Four months later, the White County News in Cleveland, Ga., hired her as a reporter.

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SEJ News: Board Election Draws Many Candidates, Record Votes

By CAROLYN WHETZEL

SEJ members have elected four new board members and re-elected five incumbents.

The 2009 election on Oct. 9 saw the highest number of available seats since the first board election in 1991. The greatest number of candidates since the 2000 election — 14 — sought votes for eight Active seats and one Associate seat, according to Director of Programs and Operations Chris Rigel.

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