SEJ's 27th Annual Conference Coverage

 

 

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SEJ's 27th annual conference, October 4-8, 2017, took place at the Wyndham Grand Hotel Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh/Swanson School of Engineering. Below, you'll find session-by-session multimedia coverage provided by SEJ, volunteers and conference attendees.

 

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Wednesday, October 4
Thursday, October 5
Friday, October 6
Saturday, October 7
Sunday, October 8
Miscellaneous conference coverage and local news

 


Wednesday, October 4

 

All-Day Farm Bill Workshop

 

 

 

Opening Reception: Tipping the Scales of Environmental Justice

Facebook Live video of the Environmental Justice Plenary on opening night at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

 

 

Thursday, October 5

 

Tour 2, Lake Erie: Water, Walking, Wind and Wine

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Hogue. Click to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour 6, To the Bat Cave!

Left: Greg Turner, a wildlife biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, talks to us in Laurel Caverns about white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed many tens of thousands of bats, threatening several species with extinction. Not long ago, these caverns served as hibernacula for bats to winter over. Very few are left. (Look on the wall above his head and you’ll see some white spots. These may be spots of fungi, not necessarily the kind that are killing the bats, but illustrative that caves are crawling with microbiological life.) Center: Bella Isaacs-Thomas of the University of Michigan gets ready to crawl her way through a tight spot in the Caverns. Photos courtesy of Tom Yulsman (pictured, right), Center for Environmental Journalism, UC Boulder. Click photos to enlarge. See more bat-cave tour photos on the SEJ Members Facebook group.

 

 

Tour 7, One City, Three Rivers: Pittsburgh’s Water Challenge

Photo courtesy of James Bruggers. Click to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour 8, Coal, Steel and Smog

Photos courtesy of Meg Turville-Heitz. Click photos to enlarge. See more tour photos on the SEJ Members Facebook group.

 

 

Tour 9, Fission and Our Energy Future: The View from Inside an Operating Nuclear Plant

Photos courtesy of Tom Henry, Ripple Effect/The (Toledo) Blade. Click photos to enlarge. See more nuke tour photos on the SEJ Members Facebook group.

 

 

Friday, October 6

 

Breakfast Panel Session, How to Go from Prof(essional) to Prof(essor)

 

 

Opening Plenary, Environmental Journalism in the Trump Era

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 1, THE CRAFT 2, Working Around PIOs Who Don’t Live Up to Their Titles

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 1, THE CRAFT 3, "We're So Screwed": The Ethics and Efficacy of Doomsday Reporting

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 1, WATER, Growing Awareness of America's Lead Problem: Next Steps, New Stories

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 1, CLIMATE, Rethinking Climate Change Denial

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 1, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, Tribal Nations Take a Stand

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 1, WILDLIFE, Criminal Elements: Organized Crime and Natural Resources

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 1, ENERGY, The Next Fracking Fight: Pipelines

 

 

Celebrating Environmental Journalism Luncheon

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 2, THE CRAFT 3, Beyond the Bubble: How to Communicate Environmental Issues Outside of the Echo Chamber

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 2, WATER, Crystal Clear? Water Policy in the Trump Administration

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 2, CLIMATE, Climate Action in the Hands of the Courts

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 2, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, Environmental Justice in the Age of Trump

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 2, WILDLIFE, Can DNA Editing Save Species?

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 2, ENERGY, Can We Afford Nuclear Power?

 

 

Saturday, October 7

 

Concurrent Sessions 3 and 4, THE CRAFT 1, Data Journalism: How to Find It, Mine It, Animate It

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 3 and 4, THE CRAFT 2, Safety, Digital Security and Legal Rights for Journalists

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 3, THE CRAFT 3, New Media Business Models (in a Post-Truth Era)

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 3, WATER, Working the Disaster Beat

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 3, CLIMATE, Climate Change, Conflicts and Displaced People

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 3, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, Building Sources and Trust in the Environmental Justice World

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 3, ENERGY, The Fate of Renewable Energy Under Trump

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 4, THE CRAFT 3, Investigative Reporting: How to Dig Deeper

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 4, WATER, Making the Great Lakes Great Again

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 4, CLIMATE, Will the Next Global Climate Leader Please Step Up?

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 4, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, Expanding the Environmental Justice Tent

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 4, WILDLIFE, Beyond Megafauna: Small Species, Big Loss

 

 

Concurrent Sessions 4, ENERGY, Resources vs. Recreation in the Fight for Public Lands

 

 

Lunch Plenary, The Sixth Extinction... Live and Personal!

© Photo and video by the Jane Goodall Institute.

 

 

 

Mini-Tour 5, Bobs' Beer Tour — From the Classroom to the Taproom

Bob Parker gives a semester of brewing in 45 minutes. Photos courtesy of Meg Turville-Heitz. Click photos to enlarge. See more tour photos on the SEJ Members Facebook group.

 

 

Sunday, October 7

 

Breakfast at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

 

 

Post-Conference Tour: Biking (and a Little Surfin’) on the Great Allegheny Passage

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Lessner. Click to enlarge.

 

Miscellaneous conference coverage and local news

  • "Society of Environmental Journalists Strikes Out on Fracking Yet Again," Energy in Depth (a campaign of the Independent Petroleum Association of America), October 5, 2017, by Nicole Jacobs. Note comment by Alan Septoff at the bottom of the story: "FYI: multiple energy companies were invited to join the tour as speakers. None accepted (or returned calls). Contact tour coordinator and SEJ President Bobby Magill for more info."