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


Financial Aid for Minority Students
Financial aid opportunities for African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and other specific minority groups, as well as more generalized awards that are made available to applicants belonging to any underrepresented demographic.

Journalism Jobs for Minorities
Internet sites listing job openings in journalism for minority applicants.

Scholarships, Grants and Other Aid for Minority Students
Minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students. Help for minority students to find and land scholarships through resources and expert advice.


Events & Opportunities



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 10, 2015.

NAJA Media Awards
The Native American Journalists Association annually celebrates the quality and professional work done by Native journalists. Deadline: Apr 30, 2015.

RTDNF Fellowships and RTDNA Scholarships
The Radio Television Digital News Association offers 8 scholarships and 4 fellowships for outstanding students or 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: Apr 30, 2015.

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

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

Asian American Journalists Association Annual Convention
San Francisco, CA, Aug 12-15, 2015

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


Past and/or Recurring:

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, 2015.

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 was Mar 1, 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 was Feb 20, 2015.

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. Deadline was Feb 15, 2015.

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 was Feb 10, 2015.

IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Fellowships
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) invites women journalists to apply for one of two expenses-paid African Great Lakes International Reporting Fellowships taking place in Feb 2015. The fellowships, which form part of the IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, will take delegations of six journalists each to Rwanda and Uganda to cover underreported economic and rural development issues. During the next four years, the IWMF will lead groups of women journalists to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda to report on the intersections between conservation and conflict, agriculture and food security, democracy and governance. They plan to work with more than 350 journalists to reshape the media narrative in and about the region. Deadline was Dec 20, 2014.

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 was Sep 15, 2014.

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.

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 was Aug 3, 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.

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 was Jul 7, 2014.

2014 China-US Journalists Exchange
The East-West Center in Honolulu is accepting applications for the 2014 China-United States Journalists Exchange: September 13-27, to visit Beijing, Yinchuan, and Hong Kong (for US journalists) and September 22-27, to visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC (for Chinese journalists). Deadline was May 27, 2014.

2014 Senior Journalists Seminar
The East-West Center in Honolulu is accepting applications for the 2014 Senior Journalists Seminar: August 20–September 11, to visit Washington, DC; Boston, Massachusetts; Honolulu, Hawaii; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Delhi, India. Theme is "Bridging the Gaps Between the United States and the Muslim World." Participating journalists will include at least four American and six Asian journalists from countries with substantial Muslim populations. Deadline was May 8, 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 will be provided to eight women-led new media start-up projects (four in 2012 and four in 2013) that offer interactive opportunities to engage, inspire, and improve news and information in a community. 2013 deadline was Jan 23. Background information. Proposal guidelines.

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.

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, published in September 2013, 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.

"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.