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Media on the Move highlights SEJ members' job changes, fellowships, awards, promotions...let us know what's going on with your career. Just fill out the easy online form to get started.
Did you have a career breakthrough in 2015 or 2016? Did you get that big job promotion, career-changing grant, or finally finish that book? We want to hear about it. Media on the Move is a collaboration of Christine Bruggers, Cindy MacDonald and Lana Straub. We know you are doing great work because of your membership in SEJ — you inspire us — and we want to share your work (below) so that you can inspire others too!
In addition, each month we’ll spotlight an insider interview with one of your SEJ colleagues, sharing their triumphs over career chaos and giving you insider tips on how to find that next big break. (To request a spotlight feature for yourself, contact Media on the Move coordinator Lana Straub.)
Be sure to also see the "Featured Journalists" section of the SEJ website, as well as bios and funded articles by grantees of the Fund for Environmental Journalism. SEJ members and friends also post news of their published books and articles in the SEJ's Facebook Discussion Group.
Congratulations on some great "Media on the Move" news and accomplishments:
Sara is a member of a team that won $150,000 in the Knight News Challenge. Her team won for Campaign Hound, a service that tracks political stump speeches and indexes them by keyword. Campaign Hound was selected for funding from more than 1,000 entries in the Knight News Challenge on elections.
At the 2015 Annual SEJ conference in Norman, Oklahoma, Lana was proud to be named the winner of the 2015 David Stolberg Meritorious Service Award. In November 2015 she was honored to be chosen as a fellow for the Specialized Reporting Institute from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, "Covering Water in a Changing World."
Walter has been recognized in the Federation of Press Women 2015 contest: 2nd, Columns; 2nd, entertainment reviews/Pa, and the Press Club: 1st columns (general), 1st columns (humorous); 1st, social issues journalism; 2nd, government reporting. He has a forthcoming book, "FRACKING AMERICA: Sacrificing Health and the Environment for Short-Term Economic Benefits" (Dec. 2015; 708 pp.; $29.95, trade paper; $49.95, hardcover). In addition to print, Walter does regular radio commentaries for Sunbury Broadcasting and other radio stations (focus is on current events, media, pop culture and environmental issues).
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann 's feature "Recycling the Dead," published by Science News for Students, won for Best Medical/Science Story in the Online category for the 2015 Ohio's Best Journalism awards sponsored by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland pro chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Christy has been chosen for a writing residency at Tulane University's "A Studio in the Woods" during January and February 2016. George and her Tulane faculty partner, Dr. Laura Murphy, will convene two climate change conversations between Katrina survivors and coastal residents facing rising seas. She'll also work on her nonfiction book project.
Meera's first book, "A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis," from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka, will be published by PublicAffairs on Aug. 25, 2015. With endorsements by Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert, the narrative nonfiction is already receiving positive reviews, with Kirkus calling it "fact-filled but optimistic, rueful and inviting. ... right thinking and accusatory in all the right places." Also, Meera completed the MBL Logan Science Journalism Fellowship, in Woods Hole, MA and Toolik Field Station, Alaska, and had the chance to complete a scientific research project near Plum Island, MA, and join many researchers working on diverse ecosystem studies within the Arctic.
Christine completed the manuscript for her next book, "Field Guide to Backyard Chickens." This book focuses on breed descriptions of historic breeds, from classic English breeds like Dorkings and Cornish to Asiatic Brahmas and all-Americans such as Buckeyes.
Bruce is joining POLITICO to cover the environment and energy issues from Florida's Capitol. Bruce is staying in Tallahassee where he has been based since 2000, having worked previously for the Tallahassee Democrat, the Florida Current and Floridapolitics.com. He remains editor of his Floridaenvironments.com web site.
- Tom's undergrad alma mater, Central Michigan University, announced it is inducting him and three others into CMU's Journalism Hall of Fame on Nov. 14.
- The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island recently did an alumni profile.
- Tom was one of three speakers at Kent State's inaugural Edith Chase Symposium. More on Edith Chase.
David, senior associate director of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, was recognized by the International Association of Great Lakes Research "For important and sustained efforts to inform and educate the public and policymakers on Great Lakes issues." Details here.
Recipient of the 2014 National Association of Science Writers Diversity Travel Fellowship
At the February 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, SEJ member Michael Werner received the 2014 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for best television feature reporting. Michael is an independent producer and cinematographer of science, nature and environment videos and documentaries for broadcast TV and online. He is based in Seattle, WA.
Zeeshan produces radio features on education and the environment within a music format show, including a program segment sponsored by the UNDP dealing with rights of children and women with relevance to the environment. He's proud to produce and host the longest running radio program in Pakistan. Celebrating 10 years of Flashback Sundays on Radio1 FM 91 www.fm91.com.pk
New member Randall Hyman was named a 2015 fellow in The Alicia Patterson Foundation's 50th Annual Competition. Randall is a freelance photojournalist based in St. Louis, MO.
Former long-term SEJ member, including president and multi-officer, Perry Beeman is now with the Business Record in Johnston, IA, which made him eligible to return to SEJ this fall, after a hiatus. SEJ welcomes Perry back to the fold.
Seattle Magazine named me one of the "most influential" people in Seattle in 2013, as executive director of InvestigateWest, a non-profit journalism studio focused on the environment, public health and government accountability. Here's what we wrote for IW's website: http://www.invw.org/post/iw-leader-named-one-of-se-1391
I had never given anything other than print journalism a second thought. After meeting Karen Schaefer at SEJ2012 in Lubbock, and getting paired with her as my mentor, I started doing radio. I have been a print journalist since 2002, but only started doing radio in April of 2013. I am now a regular contributor to my local NPR-Affiliate Station, KXWT, West Texas Public Radio. Just goes to show how influential SEJ conferences really can be.
I will be leaving my job in Dubai with The Associated Press in August to pursue a MA in journalism focusing on health and science at Columbia University in New York. I am hoping to shift into full-time science writing after the nine-month program ends.
NAJA 2013 Excellence in Media Awards Best Environmental Story, 2nd Place: Toxins in Every Glass (Indian Country Today Media Network newsmagazine, online as): Tribes Raise Awareness of Consumer-Product Pollution in Columbia River System http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/tribes-work-to-raise-a....
Completed 6-month grant with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to create and launch a new public outreach project called Our Florida Reefs, http://ourfloridareefs.org. The project will continue to engage the public in a 3-year planning process to propose management for the reefs near urban South Florida.
After 10 years of running Bay Nature magazine and BayNature.org, the SF Bay Area's most comprehensive source of information about local nature, I'm diving in the deep-end of cutting edge data visualization and mapping at Stamen Design (stamen.com). Starting August 1, I'll be their project manager, working on a whole range of projects, both environmental and non. Their recent work includes Climate Central's Surging Seas interactive (http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/surgingseas) and the Chesapeake Bay Program's interactive seagrass map (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/visualization/baygrasses/).
This is my latest project: Having recently had my book published (High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat (New Society, 2012)), I have initiated conversations with municipal Food Policy Councils. My aim is to encourage such groups to take action regarding the environmental and health problems from large-scale production and consumption of livestock products. As the science suggests, we need large numbers of citizens to eat 'less and better' animal-source foods, so our food systems can produce livestock more sustainably, healthfully, and compassionately. To this end, I was successful in my city of Vancouver, Canada, in promoting Meatless Monday. After my presentation to the Food Policy Council here, a few months ago, our city council endorsed a Meatless Monday, making it the first city in Canada to do so. I have another large city on my agenda, having been asked to present to them this coming fall. And I'm initiating more. I have learned a lot during this process, and definitely have advice for other environmental activists and writers who would like to address 'the meat issue.'
I was recently accepted to the Woods Hole Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship program for 2013. The program runs September 8 through 13, in Woods Hole, Mass. This will be my first visit to the region and a fantastic opportunity to learn more about oceanography and ocean engineering.
Meera Subramanian has received a Fulbright-Nehru research fellowship for 2013-14. Starting in October 2013, Meera will spend five months in India working on her project, “Elemental India: In Search of a Sustainable Future,” traveling across the country to research and report five nonfiction stories based on the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and ether). Meeting the people who are creatively confronting India’s staggering environmental challenges, she’ll return with stories both hopeful and cautionary that could provide a map forward for global communities facing similar ecological crises in the years to come. Her work will culminate in a series of articles and a narrative nonfiction book, Elemental India (HarperCollins India).
Received journalism awards this year: 1st, radio commentary, Pa. AP Broadcasters Assn.; 1st, column, Pa. Press Club; 1st, environmental writing, Pa. Press Club; 1st, social issues reporting, Pa. Press Club; 3rd, column, Natl. Federation of Press Women. Currently working on 2nd edition of FRACKING PENNSYLVANIA; first edition published Feb. 2013; book is first major book targeted for general population, and only one to discuss impact upon Pennsylvania and its economic, political, health, and environmental roles in the shale. Just finished book, COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN THE MARCELLUS SHALE, publication October 2013.