Journalism & Media

Celebrate with SEJ!

Twenty-five years ago on Valentine's Day, the Society of Environmental Journalists was born, created by visionary journalists to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of environmental reporting. Through the years the organization has provided a beacon for journalists covering the environment, to illuminate and strengthen this tribe of scribes, and the coverage they provide, reminding all who care about the environment beat, you are not alone. SEJ has been loyal and true to its founding principles through 25 years. Please be a sweetheart, make a donation, and see your name here. Artwork credit: "red texture with hearts" by sure2talk / CC BY / modified.

Local Authority Slaps Permits, Fees on Photography in Parks

Professional photojournalists may again be facing unconstitutional requirements for permits to work in public parks — this time at the county level in a well-heeled District of Columbia suburb. But Virginia's Fairfax County Park Authority is encountering pushback as they conduct an annual review of their fee policies at various park units.

Fund for Environmental Journalism Winter 2014 Grantees

Thanks to generous funding from the Grantham Foundation and individual members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), a total of  $12,500 was awarded in grants for four journalism projects selected in SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism Fall/Winter 2014 cycle. In addition to the grant, SEJ provides mentoring support to any grantees requesting it.

Mentoring Match: Veteran Freelancer Guides Radio Rookie

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SEJ's Mentor Program pairs veteran environmental reporters with less experienced SEJ members who want to improve their skills or learn new ones. But no two mentorships are alike. Mentor partners Karen Schaefer, an Ohio-based freelance journalist and independent radio producer, and Lana Straub, who is pursuing a similar career in Texas, offer their take on what a great mentoring experience can be.

Committing to Collaboration: How Two Freelancers Pulled Off a Cross-Pacific Partnership

Fukushima / Chernobyl project collaborators Winifred Bird (left) and Jane Braxton Little.
             Photo courtesy of Jane Braxton Little

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February 16, 2015

DEADLINE: IRP Reporting Trip to Nepal

The International Reporting Project (IRP) invites applications for an expenses-paid group reporting trip on health and development in Nepal, particularly in light of the upcoming end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the potential adoption of Sustainable Development Goals. Deadline to apply for the Apr 25-May 7, 2015 trip is Feb 16th.

"Who Needs Lobbyists? See What Big Business Spends To Win American Minds"

"Forget lobbying. When Washington, D.C.’s biggest trade associations want to wield influence, they often put far more of their money into advertising and public relations, according to a new Center for Public Integrity investigation."

Source: Ctr for Public Integrity, 01/16/2015

"Utilities-Backed Dark Money Group Sparking Energy Debate in Michigan"

"Though partisan gridlock is the political buzzword of the day, it's another kind of grid that's making political sparks fly in Michigan. There, two powerful utility companies — Consumers Energy and DTE Energy — control the lion's share of the electric grid and appear to be behind a new advocacy effort that coincides with the start of a new legislative session."

Source: Sunlight Foundation, 01/16/2015


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