In our upcoming Fort Collins, Colorado 2019 conference (October 9-13):
- Foundation funding will support journalists covering Native American and Hispanic communities in the Western U.S.
- Efforts are underway to implement membership swaps with the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).
- An all-day workshop brought together members of the Flint community with reporters covering the environment.
- A rich track on environmental justice covered issues and reporting in Native American, Hispanic and African-American communities.
- "Gasoline, Garbage and Greenery in Detroit"
- "Flint: Environmental Injustice in Context"
- "Indigenous Rights: The State of Environmental Sovereignty"
- "Diversity Within Environmental Groups: Has Anything Changed?"
- "Flint to the World: Water Is a Human Right"
- "Unheard Voices: Would They Have Mattered When the Flint Story Broke?"
- "Elevating and Improving Our Reporting on Environmental Justice Issues"
- Foundation funding supported the participation of a number of diverse speakers.
- SEJ partnered with the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation on our farm bill workshop, and opening dinner and reception at the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture, where scores of local journalists and community leaders joined us for a plenary session on the state of environmental justice.
- Special tracks on environmental justice included:
- SEJ partnered with the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA).
- Three separate tours went to various tribal lands and facilities.
- Special tracks highlighted Native American issues:
- We also offered diversity fellowships.
- Twenty journalists from Africa and Southeast/South Asia participated in all-day workshops and other sessions on reporting on developing country environment, gender and health challenges.
- SEJ partnered with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) on the conference, providing the group free space at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel for their board meeting and several sessions that they organized, as well as access to our event for their members.
- Tracks, workshops and tours explored the Latin American/Caribbean diaspora.
- Special tracks and all-day tours highlighted Native American issues.
- A Spanish-language panel track included simultaneous translation
- A networking group linking U.S.-Mexican journalists was launched.
Boulder, Colorado 1991 (SEJ's 1st annual conference)
- SEJ conference director Jay Letto organized and moderated possibly the first session at a journalism conference on environmental justice, known as environmental racism at that time. (Letto had organized a couple of small press conference events previously in New York City when he worked at SIPI after Ben Chavis of the Urban League declared environmental groups to be racist in their hiring and in choosing the issues on which they focus.)
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