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#SEJSpotlight: Leah Mahan, Independent Documentary Filmmaker

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Meet SEJ member Leah Mahan! Leah is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. She is also a nonfiction producer, writer, storytelling consultant and teacher.

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June 20, 2022 to July 17, 2022

Digital Storytelling for the Next Generation of Latinx Journalists

This four-week online Knight Center course is open to Latinx college and university students in the U.S. (and recent grads). Those who are interested in learning, as well as strengthening their reporting and storytelling skills for diverse audiences, are encouraged to apply. Instructor is USC Annenberg professor Dr. Amara Aguilar (pictured).

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An Endless ‘Silent Spring’? Find Out on a Spring Walk (With the Birders)

To better understand troubled bird populations and the many forces undermining them, grab some binoculars and a notebook, and catch up with your local birders, including the burgeoning number of minority birders. That’s the advice from the latest TipSheet, which offers reporting resources and numerous story ideas, including the impacts of climate change, habitat loss, water access and the “insect apocalypse.” 

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Environmental Justice Beat Gets Boost From New Database

The Biden administration, which has been making environmental justice a top goal, has released a new screening tool that complements existing environmental equity databases, but with especially strong attention to a range of categories like clean transit, clean water, housing issues, life expectancy and more (although, interestingly, not race). The latest Reporter’s Toolbox has a guide to the new screening tool.

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Houston Plays Host to First On-Site SEJ Conference Since 2019

Environmental journalists from around the country and beyond will gather in Houston later this month for the Society of Environmental Journalists’ 31st annual conference. Widely known as the energy capital of the world, this highly diverse city is an ideal place to drill down on the causes and consequences of climate change and other environmental issues of the day.

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Curso de Intercambio Virtual Fomenta la "Competencia Global" Para Estudiantes de Periodismo

Cuando los programas de intercambio para estudiantes de periodismo fueron cancelados a causa del COVID 19, el personal docente de dos importantes universidades – una en Estados Unidos y otra en Colombia- recurrió a su creatividad, mediante la construcción de un escenario de intercambio virtual colaborativo sobre asuntos medioambientales de preocupación para ambos países. La EJ Academy explica el funcionamiento de dicho intercambio y augura programas similares en el futuro.

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Virtual Exchange Course Fosters “Global Competency” for Student Journalists

When COVID-19 shut down plans for journalism study abroad, faculty at two prominent universities — one in the United States and the other in Colombia — got creative, building out a collaborative virtual exchange focused on environmental concerns in the two countries. The latest EJ Academy explains how the virtual exchange worked, and the promise of similar programs in the future.

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February 6, 2022

DEADLINE: NPF "Widening the Pipeline" Fellowship

U.S.-based working journalists with less than seven years' experience, staff or freelance, can apply by Feb 6 for this free 12-month National Press Foundation fellowship, designed to help confront the common lament that "it's hard to find qualified journalists of color." Begins March 2022.

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March 1, 2022

DEADLINE: CUNY/Newmark Journalism-NAJA Scholarship

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is offering a full-tuition scholarship in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association for any NAJA member admitted to a Master’s program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and who meets CUNY’s eligibility requirements for being a New York State Resident. Deadline: Mar 1, 2022.

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Biden Administration To Struggle With Environmental Justice in 2022

The history of environmental racism is a long one in the United States, far longer than the efforts to address the problem. But reporting on environmental justice continues to tick upwards, and an analysis in the latest Backgrounder points to promising progress, explaining why for journalists the year ahead may yield important stories, whether about future footholds or new missteps.

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