Journalism & Media

Press Release of December 15, 2015 from Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists issued the following press release on December 15, 2015, after a meeting with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. It is available on their site here.


Dec. 15, 2015

Paul Fletcher, SPJ National President, 804-873-1893,
Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134,

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, 2016

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 members the chance to directly advance SEJ’s mission with university and college officials.


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