Journalism & Media

J-Groups Meet with WH Press Secretary, Seek More Openness

Representatives for 53 journalism groups met December 15, 2015, with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. The groups have complained about agency press offices obstructing reporters' access. Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) President Paul Fletcher said they "asked for a clear statement that government employees are free to speak without interference to members of the press and public." SEJ Freedom of Information Task Force Chairman Tim Wheeler attended. SPJ issued this press release.

All in One Place at One Time

SEJ President’s Report


Society of Environmental Journalists’ founder Jim Detjen and I were sitting together at an SEJ gathering not long ago wondering about the size of the collective readership/viewer/listenership of all of SEJ’s members. In essence, what is our potential reach? We calculated that it must be in the tens of millions.

That’s power to help set the national dialogue and, in many cases, the global dialogue.

January 27, 2016

DEADLINE: Frontline's Environmental Reportage

The Banff Centre's Frontline program series trains and supports writers who are exploring, testing, witnessing and reporting back on some of the most current and pressing issues of our time. This year’s program, Apr 11-23, 2016, is on environmental reportage. Apply by Jan 27.

"E.P.A. Broke Law With Social Media Push for Water Rule, Auditor Finds"

"The Environmental Protection Agency engaged in 'covert propaganda' and violated federal law when it blitzed social media to urge the public to back an Obama administration rule intended to better protect the nation’s streams and surface waters, congressional auditors have concluded."

Source: NY Times, 12/15/2015
May 1, 2017

DEADLINE: SEJ Emerging Environmental Journalist Award

SEJ's new 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. Deadline is May 1 annually.

On Our Watch, Say Goodbye to Tigers

The quarterly SEJ President's Report in SEJournal normally examines an issue important to the future health of the Society of Environmental Journalists and what you as a member might do about it. This time, in the just-released Winter 2015 issue, Jeff Burnside's report examines a different set of responsibilities: whether journalism is asleep at the wheel in failing to sufficiently cover a looming, irreversible environmental issue. Our most iconic and beloved wild species are now on the precipice of extinction, functionally if not literally.

January 5, 2016

SEJ Meet-Up in NYC

New York SEJ members and friends, you're invited to our NYC New Year's meet-up happy hour. We'll come back from the Holidays with some fine drinks and discussion about some of the biggest environmental issues we'll be covering in 2016.


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