|Rona Kobell is the co-founder and president of the Environmental Justice Journalism Initiative, a nonprofit that focuses on storytelling, science and youth engagement, and seeks to help communities tell their own stories about environmental injustices in Baltimore and beyond. More about Rona.
"It is invaluable to talk to other journalists who are facing the same challenges you are, whether it is diversifying a newsroom or trying to get editors to bite on stories for which they seem to have no appetite. There is a lot to commiserate about given the state of our industry, but also a lot of bright spots. You can see that in the work of others."
- Rona Kobell, Environmental Justice Journalism Initiative
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- "Vision of Neighborhood Unity Takes Shape at Ubuntu Gathering Place in Buckeye" by Zachary Lewis for The Land
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- "As an emerging freelance photojournalist in the midwest I have limited resources and opportunities to attend conference. This limits my ability for professional growth and networking. I would not have been able to attend the workshop without the Uproot Project Fellowship."
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