Fund for Environmental Journalism Announces Winter 2012 Grantees
Thanks to generous funding from the Grantham Foundation, and 55 members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), we are pleased to announce grants totaling $12,870 to five journalism projects selected in SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) Winter 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 Winter 2012 cycle:
Maria Finn (pictured at left) and reporting partner Shannon Service (right)
$1,220 for travel expenses to the San Francisco Bay Area to produce stories in print, video and audio on ways chefs and consumers can save the world’s threatened forage fish
Ms. Finn's article, "Herring on Menus of Bay Area Restaurants," was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 17, 2013. Following the article, on Apr. 2, 2013, she was invited to speak at the Seattle Chef's Collaborative on why people should be eating herring and other small forage fish. Reporting partner Shannon Service's audio report, "Struggling Herring Make a Tiny Appearance," aired Feb. 22, 2013 and was also posted to the KQED Science website.
- More about Maria Finn: www.mariafinn.com
- More about Shannon Service: journalism.berkeley.edu/profiles/shannon_service/
South Pasadena, CA
$3,500 for travel to and in China to research a book about that nation's "killer skies" and the complicity of the United States
- Find more articles by Willam Kelly on California Current.com
$2,100 for travel to complete a magazine piece on the sustainability of the Colorado River in an increasingly thirsty Southwest
- More about Christopher Ketcham: www.christopherketcham.com
$2,550 for travel to the Great Lakes Region and London, to produce a magazine piece and possible book on hard-rock mining, and to report from a pertinent international annual shareholder meeting, respectively
- More about Kari Lydersen: www.karilydersen.com
$3,500 for travel to and in Australia to produce print and online media about how that nation is confronting the challenge of climate change
- More about Ari Phillips: www.ontheroadwithariphillips.com
To learn more about the FEJ grant program, including applicant eligibility and submission guidelines, or to see information and links about past grants, please go to the Fund for Environmental Journalism web page. We are currently fundraising for the summer and winter 2013 grant cycles. Please consider making your own donation today, to help SEJ build the Fund for Environmental Journalism and support new work! 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.