Fund for Environmental Journalism Announces Summer 2012 Grantees
September 13, 2012 — Thanks to generous funding from the Cornelius King Foundation and the Heinz Endowments, plus numerous small gifts from members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), we awarded a total of $12,105 to five journalism projects selected in SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) Summer 2012 grant cycle. In addition to the grant, SEJ will also provide mentoring support to any grantees requesting it.
The Society of Environmental Journalists launched the Fund for Environmental Journalism in 2010, to support reporting projects and entrepreneurial journalism ventures related to the environment. For the first time in its history SEJ began awarding small grants to both staff and freelance journalists, to cover costs of travel, lab testing, graphics development, website costs, and other budget items without which journalists might have been unable to produce and distribute specific timely stories about important environmental issues.
Congratulations to the grantees in the Summer 2012 round:
Jane Braxton Little (pictured at left) and Winifred Bird (right)
Greenville, CA, USA and Nagano, Japan
$3,500 for travel to the Ukraine and Fukushima to produce an article on approaches to managing forest contamination in the aftermath of nuclear disaster
The reporting partners' work resulted in several articles with more promised:
"A Tale of Two Forests: Addressing Post-Nuclear Radiation at Chernobyl and Fukushima," published by Environmental Health Perspectives (http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov), Mar. 2013, and
"Radiant Wildlands," published in the Spring 2013 edition of Earth Island Journal (earthisland.org)
Ms. Bird wrote additional articles:
"Fukumshima radiation threatens to wreak woodland havoc," published in the Japan Times, Feb. 17, 2013, and
"Japan's nuclear dilemma: What to do with all that nuclear waste," for the Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 5, 2012
- More about Jane Braxton Little: www.janebraxtonlittle.com
- More about Winifred Bird: www.winifredbird.com
San Francisco, CA
$730 for travel expenses to support a feature story and photographic essay showing the impact on rural communities of fresh water diversion to Las Vegas
Ms. Lohan's story, along with an accompanying slideshow, was published as the top story on AlterNet.org on January 26, 2013: "Las Vegas Accused of Engineering Massive Water Grab: Is This the Future of the West?"
- Tara Lohan is a senior editor at AlterNet and editor of two books on the global water crisis, including "Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource." Her work has also appeared on Salon, The Nation, Yes! Magazine, Huffington Post, Terrain, Guernica and other publications.
$1,325 for travel and media-production expenses for articles examining the impact on environmental pollution and public health of industrial laundries in New England
- Barbara's website features her work for many publications and television documentaries: http://www.writtenbybarbaramoran.com/
$3,500 for air-testing expenses to support reporting for a radio series about industrial pollution in Louisville, Kentucky
- Find some of Erica's reporting on this topic on the WFPL Louisville website, part of the NPR digital network.
West Barnstable, MA
$3,050 for travel expenses to produce articles, and chapters for a book, about sustainable growth and development in India
Meera is currently working on a long-form feature for the Virginia Quarterly Review based on the reporting she did in Bihar. She has also shared links to other shorter articles that were produced as a result of the grant, including a piece for India Ink, The New York Times blog about India:
"Bihar School Deaths Highlight India's Struggle With Pesticides", The New York Times Global Edition India, published July 30, 2013
“Sweeping Air”, published in the Revealer November 21, 2012
“Rewriting Indian Legends”, published in the Revealer December 31, 2012
“Must India Ravage to Rise?”, published in Caravan October 1, 2012
All of this writing is also the formative stages of a book for HarperCollins India, which she expects to complete by the middle of 2014.
- Please also see Meera's website: www.meerasub.org
To learn more about the FEJ grants program, including applicant eligibility and submission guidelines, or to see information and links about past awards, please go to the Fund for Environmental Journalism web page. We are currently fundraising for the next FEJ round of grants. Please consider making your own donation today, to help SEJ build the Fund for Environmental Journalism and support new work! Many in this field are adapting to disruptions in their employment and new methods in media; yet they remain steadfast in their goal of providing our communities every day with vitally important information on environment-related issues. If you would like to help experienced environmental journalists to continue producing rich, rigorously investigated and unbiased content, please make a gift on SEJ's secure website.