Diverse Perspectives

SEJ is committed to supporting diversity in environmental journalism. Here you'll find posted useful websites, events & opportunities, news, views, and more.

"We can't build a strong new media if their content and staffs are not diverse. New media cannot afford to make the same mistakes as old media, especially in the face of a changing America. More journalists of color have to take chances and innovate." — Retha Hill


Useful Links


Events & Opportunities



RTDNF Fellowships and Scholarships
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation offers scholarships for outstanding students and fellowships for young professionals (<10 years experience in the field) pursuing careers in radio, television, or online news. Both the Michelle Clark Fellowship and N.S. Bienstock Fellowship are given to promising minority applicants. Deadline: May 31, 2016.

NAJA Media Awards
The Native American Journalists Association annually celebrates the quality and professional work done by Native journalists. Deadline: Jun 10, 2016.

IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowships
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) invites women journalists to apply for its third reporting trip to Uganda, Sep 15-27, 2016. Six women journalists will report on environmental conservation. This opportunity is part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, created in 2014 and designed to support women journalists committed to pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region. Deadline: Jun 15, 2016.

National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists Joint Convention and Career Fair
Washington, DC, Aug 3-7, 2016

Asian American Journalists Association Annual Convention
Las Vegas, NV, Aug 10-13, 2016

Excellence in Journalism Conference
New Orleans, LA, Sep 18-20, 2016
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) will partner with the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at the 2016 conference.

Fund for Investigative Journalism
FIJ offers grants averaging $5,000 three or four times each year for proposals that break new ground and expose wrongdoing relating to government accountability, local or regional investigations, climate change. Reporting for ethnic media is strongly encouraged. Deadlines: Feb 1, 2016 (Winter cycle), May 16, 2016 (Spring cycle) and Sep 26, 2016 (Fall cycle).

SAJA Reporting Fellowships
The South Asian Journalists Association's fellowships program encourages in-depth coverage of South Asia or the South Asian Diasapora by providing grants to cover a portion of reporting expenses. Deadline: rolling basis.


Past and/or Recurring:

2016 Senior Journalists Seminar
The East-West Center in Honolulu is accepting applications for the annual Senior Journalists Seminar, August 17-September 11, 2016 to visit Washington, DC; Salt Lake City, UT; Honolulu, HI; Jakarta/Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Delhi, India. Participating journalists will include 12-17 journalists from the U.S. and countries with substantial Muslim populations. Minimum 10 years experience required. Deadline: May 19, 2016.

NABJ's Salute to Excellence National Media Awards
The National Association of Black Journalists annually awards prizes for journalism that best covers the black experience or addresses issues affecting the worldwide black community. Includes a specialty environment/health/medical sub-category. Deadline: Apr 15, 2016.

AAJA National Journalism Awards
The Asian American Journalists Association is now accepting applications for the 2015 National Journalism Awards. Established in 1989, the awards recognize and encourage excellence among journalists and outstanding coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues. Deadline: Mar 31, 2016.

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Media Fellowships
The fellowships, valued at up to $10,000 each, offer up-and-coming and established Canadian journalists the opportunity to spend time in Asia, researching and preparing stories. Deadline: Mar 21, 2016.

Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia
The annual "Oz Prize" honors the late Osborn Elliott, a legendary journalist and longtime Newsweek editor. The $10,000 prize is awarded to a writer or team of writers who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia during the calendar year. Evaluation criteria include impact of the work, its originality, creativity, depth of research and educational value in informing the public about Asia. Deadline: Mar 13, 2016.

AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship
This paid summer internship is for students who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. It takes place at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world, under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors. Includes travel to D.C.; living accommodations and expenses are the responsibility of the intern. Deadline: Mar 1, 2016.

UNITY Journalists for Diversity Fellowship
A college student dedicated to both journalism and diversity will have the opportunity to attend/cover four different minority media conventions in four cities, in Aug and Sep: : AAJA, NABJ & NAHJ (combined), NAJA and NLGJA. Deadline: Jan 31, 2016.

Jefferson Fellowships
The Fellowships comprise one week of dialogue with professional colleagues and experts at the East-West Center in Hawaii, followed by a two-week study tour to cities in Asia or the U.S. Open to mid- and senior-level print, broadcast, and online journalists from the U.S. and Asia Pacific. Deadline: Jan 29, 2016.

High Country News Winter/Spring 2016 Internships and 2016 Fellowship
Apply for an internship with High Country News (HCN) in Paonia, CO, in Winter/Spring 2016 or for the Jan-Dec 2016 fellowship. Both include free housing and cash stipend. Native American journalists, Hispanic journalists and those from other under-represented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Deadline: Nov 1, 2015.

UNDP Climate Change Storytelling Contest
This contest provides young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to COP21, while building their capacity, and providing recognition for excellence. Winners will be funded to attend and cover COP21. Deadline: Oct 11, 2015.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Annual Convention
Orlando, FL, Sep 18-20, 2015

Abe Fellowship for Journalists
A program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the Abe Fellowship for Journalists is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects. Deadline: Sep 15, 2015.

Asian Environmental Journalism Awards
The Singapore Environment Council's Asian Environmental Journalism Awards (AEJA) aim to recognise and reward excellence in environmental journalism by all individuals, across the region. Deadline: Aug 12, 2015.

National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention and Career Fair
Minneapolis, MN, Aug 5-9, 2015

ProPublica's Emerging Reporters Program
ProPublica is offering stipends to five minority students who work or want to work at college journalism outlets — newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. Receive $4,500 per semester, plus mentoring. Deadline: Aug 1, 2015.

Environmental Journalism 2015 Diversity Fellowships
The Society of Environmental Journalists invites applications for 2015 conference fellowships to attend Environmental Journalism 2015, SEJ's 25th Annual Conference, sponsored and hosted by the University of Oklahoma and the National Weather Center October 7-11, 2015. Open to Native American, Asian, Black and Latino journalists who are either SEJ members or are eligible for membership in SEJ. Deadline: Jul 15, 2015.

Native American Journalists Association Annual National Native Media Conference
Washington, DC, Jul 9-12, 2015

2015 China-US Journalists Exchange
The East-West Center in Honolulu is accepting applications for the 2015 China-United States Journalists Exchange: September 5-18, to visit Beijing, Xian and Hong Kong (for US journalists) and September 13-18, to visit New York City, New York and Washington, DC (for Chinese journalists). Deadline: Jul 7, 2015.

SAJA Journalism Awards
The South Asian Journalists Association and SAJA Group Inc. annually invite individual journalists and news organizations in North America to participate. The Awards recognize excellence in coverage of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan) and the diaspora, as well as outstanding reporting by South Asian journalists and students in the U.S. and Canada. Deadline: June 30, 2015 (extended from May 30).

YES! Reporting Fellow
YES! Magazine seeks a journalist for a one-year, full-time, paid, in-house reporting fellowship based in Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle). This fellowship is designed to support reporters from communities that are often underrepresented in the field of journalism. Deadline: Jun 10, 2015.

Scotiabank/CJFE Journalism Fellowship
This Sep-Apr fellowship is for mid-career Latin American journalists, held at Massey College, the Graduate Residential College in the University of Toronto, Canada. Enroll in any graduate or undergraduate courses and use the full facilities of the University. There are no educational prerequisites for a fellowship; nor does the fellow receive credits or degrees for work done during the year. Accommodation is provided by Massey College. The objective of the fellowship is to enhance inter-American understanding and promote dialogue through an exploration of current issues in journalism and free expression in the Americas in an academic setting. Deadline: Feb 20, 2015.

China Now: Entrepreneurship and More 2014
The National Press Foundation and Fudan University are collaborating to offer a 10-day, all-expenses-paid fellowship in Shanghai, China for U.S. journalists, Nov 13-22, 2014. Meet with scholars, business leaders and Chinese journalists in and around Shanghai to explore issues such as China’s globalizing economy; air and water pollution and the growth of “green” industry; the impact of an aging population; and more. Deadline was Aug 25, 2014.

NSF Antarctic Reporting Opportunity
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting written proposals from media professionals to report on research supported by NSF's Division of Polar Programs in Antarctica. In particular, NSF is interested in proposals from national broadcast networks — or network affiliates in major markets — that reach significant non-English-language audiences in the U.S. or are engaged in partnerships that would allow them to reach such audiences. Deadline was Jul 31, 2014.

Pakistan-US Journalists Exchange
The East-West Center in Honolulu accepted applications until Oct 8 for the 2014 Pakistan-United States Journalists Exchange, Mar 30-Apr 19. Pakistani journalists visit Washington, D.C., New York City and Columbia, Missouri. U.S. journalists visit Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, Pakistan. Deadline was Oct 8, 2013. This multi-year project concluded in Oct 2014.

McCormick Foundation's New Media Women Entrepreneurs Program Offers Funding for Women-Led Projects
Up to $14,000 in funding was provided to women-led new media start-up projects that offered interactive opportunities to engage, inspire, and improve news and information in a community. The program ended in 2013 following six years of generous support from the McCormick Foundation.

Climate Change Adaptation Forum Focusing on Food Security and Traditional Plant Use
An interactive forum presented by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources in the Village of Kanatakon (St. Regis) in Akwesasne (near Ontario, Quebec, New York borders), Sep 18-20, 2012.

UNITY: Journalists of Color Inc. 2012 Convention
A coalition of the four alliances — the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association — meets every four years. Last time was in Las Vegas, Aug 1-4, 2012. Note: UNITY will no longer host quadrennial conventions. 2012 was the last one. See their regional summits website.

First Stewards Symposium
A first-of-its-kind national event, took place in Washington, DC, Jul 17-20, 2012, examining the impact of climate change on indigenous coastal cultures.

3rd East-West Center International Media Conference
Seoul, South Korea, Jun 22-24, 2012

6th Annual State of Environmental Justice in America Conference
Arlington, VA, Apr 3-5, 2012


News, Views, Publications and More


The SEJ Guide to Diversity in Environmental Reporting is for journalists who want to address diversity concerns and practice more inclusive journalism. Authors Jennifer Oladipo and Talli Nauman created the guide, inspired by discussions by members of SEJ’s Diversity Task Force.

"In Need of a Career Boost?" Number 1 Shimbun, February 2, 2016, by James Simms.

"NPR Dismisses an Ombudsman Report"
There is an internal battle going on at NPR between the ombudsman and the journalists who produced an award-winning investigation into the South Dakota foster care system’s treatment of Native American children. It illustrates some of the pitfalls of reporting on cultural bias and of using narrative storytelling techniques for investigative work. Columbia Journalism Review, Aug 12, 2013, by Abraham Moussako.

"Newsroom Diversity: A Casualty of Journalism's Financial Crisis"
"The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) recently released its annual study of newsroom diversity. The results only confirmed what many who have lived through the industry's deep recession have already experienced: a steady decline in minority journalists and stagnation in prior progress." The Atlantic, Jul 9, 2013, by Riva Gold.

"8 Dynamic Black Women Editors in New Media"
"Chosen from a mix of media outlets, these women reveal the importance of diversity in such a powerful industry." EBONY, Mar 28, 2013, by Patrice Peck.

"Within Mainstream Environmentalist Groups, Diversity Is Lacking"
"Fred Tutman was a lonely man when he picked up the telephone that day. He was the tough-talking protector of Maryland’s Patuxent River, a courtroom brawler who took on anyone who contaminated water, but he couldn’t shake a nagging hurt that he was nearly invisible within his own profession." Washington Post, Mar 24, 2013, by Darryl Fears.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
IIED, a policy research organization based in the UK, has published four new briefing papers: "Reshaping contracts for quality natural resource investments" (Mar 2013), "Urban poverty, food security and climate change" (Mar 2013), "Carbon rights legislation: not yet ready for private sector REDD+" (Feb 2013), and "Ringing the changes with a new approach to forest investment" (Jan 2013).

"A Helping Hand: The Ford Foundation Reaches out to Broaden Minority Coverage"
"It's a two-year deal, $1.04 million to be exact, and renewable, with no strings attached beyond the foundation's larger goal of using journalism to address inequality and injustice." By the Editors, Columbia Journalism Review, Jul/Aug 2012.

"Native Americans and a Changing Climate"
"They're among North America’s most vulnerable population groups, and their 95 million acres of tribal lands present Native Americans with a complex array of challenges and opportunities as they confront a warming climate." By Julie Halpert, The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, Jun 21, 2012.

Killings of Mexican Journalists Prompt Mexican Environmental Journalists Network Demands for Protection
In light of the growing list of journalists in Mexico who have disappeared or been killed, the Mexican Environmental Journalists Network (REMPA) would like to thank its sister professional association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, for publishing our consensus on demands for protection of freedom of the press. We are grateful for your solidarity. // Ante el aumento de asesinatos y desaparicion de periodistas en México, la Red Mexicana de Periodistas Ambientales agradece a la hermanada asociación profesional, Sociedad de Periodistas Ambientales, su publicación de las exigencias que hemos consensado para lograr las garantia de la libertad de expresión. Gracias por su solidaridad. Jun 2012. En Español.

"Pollution, Poverty, People of Color," a series of stories examining environmental justice issues by Environmental Health News, Jun 2012.

"An Eye on Environmental Justice: EHN Series Focuses on an Under-covered Angle on Toxics," The Observatory, Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 7, 2012, by Curtis Brainard.