SEJ Presidents Report

Urgency of Katowice Carries Over to SEJ Mission

From under a blanket of dense smog that hung over the southern Polish town hosting a recent United Nations climate change conference, the president of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Bobby Magill, had a moment of clarity for the profession and the organization. His insights, and how they will affect the future of SEJ as it begins a new strategic planning process, in Magill’s latest SEJ President’s Report. Plus, a special honor for a “tireless” SEJ leader.

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New Leadership, Old Business and Future Challenges

​A call to confront anti-press sentiment with a crusade for the value of journalism, plus a welcome for the new executive director for the Society of Environmental Journalists, and important housekeeping on voting rights for SEJ’s academic and associate members — all in the new report from SEJ President Bobby Magill.

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SEJ Takes EPA to Task

The Society of Environmental Journalists has written EPA again, asking that its press shop stop distortions, ethically questionable treatment of journalists and appropriation of partisan news for official press releases. That, plus an update on the SEJ’s executive director search, in the latest President’s Report.

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The Path Ahead — New ED Hire Should Draw on Honest Reflections of Lessons Past

As SEJ begins a search for a new executive director — its second in two years — President Bobby Magill reflects on the challenges faced by an ever-shifting journalism industry and an environment under political attack. Plus, in his latest President's Report, why the SEJ board is considering a different path for the search.

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Our Mission to Call Out Threats to the Press

SEJ President Bobby Magill, in his latest report, outlines the organization's efforts to fight back against restrictions on freedom of the press, as well as a new push to build a more diverse SEJ and a special fellowship in tribute to recently deceased board member and freelancer Lizzie Grossman.

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Charting SEJ’s Course in Chaotic Times

In this President's Report, SEJ's Bobby Magill outlines plans for the organization amid political tumult. In the works: a rebranding, a website revamp and a new strategic vision under the guidance of Executive Director Melisa Klem. Find out more, plus how you can share your perspective, such as at SEJ's member-led meetups.

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As Fight Flares Over Public Lands, Summoning Power of Past Bond

Bobby Magill, in his most recent SEJ President's Report, recalls his time traversing federal wilderness areas that are now increasingly the subject of dispute. How are they to be used? Who is to hold them? Will these vast Western lands remain in the public domain? And what is the role of journalists in covering this story?

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A Time of Change, a Time to Stay the Same

Little did Jim Detjen know when he hired a part-time worker more than 25 years ago for the newly launched Society of Environmental Journalists that it would lead to an astonishing era of leadership. It was Beth Parke he hired. Under her leadership as executive director, SEJ has grown into the world’s leading group of professional journalists who cover environmental issues. Read more from SEJ President Jeff Burnside.

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Journalism Must Rise to Challenge of Trump Presidency

SEJ President Bobby Magill takes stock of an incoming administration he sees as having palpable hostility toward journalism, science and climate stability. His conclusion: Environmental journalism is more necessary than ever and we must take inspiration from this difficult moment to galvanize our work.

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