FEJ Grant Supports Creation of Times-Picayune's Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team

January 6, 2017

The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com will create a Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team in early 2017, made possible in part through a major grant from SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism. The Times-Picayune retains full editorial independence and authority; independent and separate agreements are maintained between SEJ and its donors.

The new team will be dedicated to in-depth coverage of the state's ongoing, devastating land loss.

Award-winning environment reporter (and longtime SEJ member) Mark Schleifstein and state news editor Drew Broach will lead the new team, which also will include contributions from veteran outdoors reporter Todd Masson and photographer/videographer Ted Jackson. Schleifstein and Jackson previously collaborated on "Oceans of Trouble: Are the World's Fisheries Doomed?" which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for public service, and the Times-Picayune and NOLA.com staffs' 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Additionally, the Times-Picayune will add two full-time environmental journalists who will work exclusively on the Louisiana Coastal Reporting Team.  A national search to identify and retain these two journalists is under way.


Established in 2010, SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism has disbursed more than $640,000 for journalism projects including position grants and story projects selected through periodic competitions.