Journalism & Media

Journalism Groups Oppose Photo Fees and Permits in Va. Local Parks

A coalition of journalism and photography groups, including SEJ, objected to requirements for permits and fees for photography in the public parks of Fairfax County, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. In a February 4, 2015, letter to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), the 14 groups asked the agency to revise its rules to protect photojournalists' First Amendment rights.

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June 12, 2015 to June 14, 2015

Chris Woodside's Writing from Nature Workshop

Many writers already realize that their work is not merely an indoor, sedentary pursuit but that the best ideas come in a flash while we are doing other things that have nothing to do with writing. SEJ member Chris Woodside will teach you how to tap this energy productively, and regularly — immersing in the natural world, with no agenda — in beautiful Squam Lake, NH. Keynote speaker is Mark Kramer (pictured), director of Boston University's The Power of Narrative writing conference.

SEJ Expands Fund for Environmental Journalism for 2015

SEJ is proud to announce expansion of the Fund for Environmental Journalism, made possible through new support from the Wyss Foundation, the Grantham Foundation for the Environment and dozens of individual donors. This year, SEJ is providing two new grants to news organizations for two new full-time reporting positions, two new competitive rounds for grants up to $5,000, as well as travel fellowships to support diverse participation in SEJ’s 25th Annual Conference, Oct 7-11, 2015 in Norman, OK. Read about the expansion and see the grantees of the Fall/Winter 2014 cycle. Photos: Co-grantees Coleen Jose (left), Kim Wall and Hendrik Hinzel.

February 10, 2015

DEADLINE: Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Proposals

In These Times' Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting invites journalists to submit story proposals for consideration for funding by the Institute and subsequent publication in In These Times — a national, independent progressive magazine. Deadline: Feb 10, 2015.

Celebrate with SEJ!

Twenty-five years ago, 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.

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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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By KAREN SCHAEFER and LANA STRAUB

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.

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