In 2020, SEJ launched its first webinar series. All webinars are recorded, so if you can't join live, you can view it later.
Below you'll find SEJ's webinars, as well as those co-hosted by SEJ.
Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities
Sep 3, 2020
The Society of Environmental Journalists and the Earth Institute of Columbia University hosted "Reckoning" authors Candis Callison and Mary Lynn Young, along with Navajo Times reporter Donovan Quintero, for an in-depth discussion of how journalists and educators can act to change the culture of journalism and journalism education to embrace a more situated and systemic journalism. Webinar details, recording, blog post and diversity resources.
Covering Climate, COVID-19 and the Economy: Is a Green Recovery Possible?
July 16, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to consume our daily lives and economies, governments and leaders are calling for a “green recovery.” The vision is bold, but will it work? With economies opening up and emissions once again rising, we face decisions about infrastructure, industry and regulation that will have enduring impacts on our climate and our health. What do journalists need to know to cover these decisions and help the public understand the options and tradeoffs? Join the fourth #SEJ2020 webinar for journalists seeking a report on the connections between climate, COVID-19 and the economy, and the potential for a green recovery. All journalists welcome for this free event, July 16, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Covering Climate, COVID-19 and Environmental Justice: A Journalists' Roundtable
July 8, 2020
Through reporting on environmental injustice, journalists can help the public understand the linkages between COVID-19, climate change and racial inequality, and share the experiences of under-represented communities with a wider audience. At the same time, the news industry is beginning to reckon with its own history of structural inequality and ongoing racism within the newsroom, which have helped to marginalize the concept of environmental justice and the reporters who cover it. In our third #SEJ2020 webinar, environmental reporters and storytellers will discuss their experiences covering these issues. All journalists welcome for this free event, July 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Complex Emergencies and Climate Change in the Era of COVID-19
May 27, 2020
How should reporters cover the connections between climate change and disasters like heatwaves, hurricanes and floods? How can journalists assess and communicate governments' ability to respond effectively, in the midst of a global pandemic? And what about the knock-on effects of failure to address complex emergencies, such as unplanned migration or civil conflict? The second #SEJ2020 webinar offered tips on understanding and covering complex emergencies, in the United States and the rest of the world. Webinar details, video recording and chat file.
While No One Was Watching: Changing Environmental Regulations Under the Trump Administration
May 14, 2020
The Society of Environmental Journalists and the Earth Institute of Columbia University co-sponsored this important webinar for journalists. During more than three years in office, President Trump has attempted to undo dozens of environmental regulations. That effort has taken on a new dimension during the pandemic. In a move that environmental groups call reckless, the Administration has ordered a stop to enforcement of many of its environmental and health protections. This discussion covered what has happened, and what it means. Webinar details, recording and coverage.
COVID-19: Health, Science and Business Writers on Covering the Pandemic
April 27, 2020
The Power Shift Project hosted a free webinar with Freedom Forum fellow Jill Geisler debriefing leaders of journalism organizations whose members focus on health, science and the economic impact of COVID-19, now and in the future: the National Association of Science Writers, Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, Society of Environmental Journalists and Association of Health Care Journalists. SEJ speakers were executive director Meaghan Parker and board president Meera Subramanian. Video and resources.
Clearing the Air: What the Media Gets Right – and Wrong – When Covering Environmental Issues
April 13, 2020
Ensia publisher Todd Reubold held a virtual conversation with Kendra Pierre Louis (The New York Times), Eric Holthaus (The Correspondent), Amy Westervelt (Drilled News) and Maxwell Boykoff (University of Colorado), focused on what the media gets right — and wrong — when covering critical environmental issues like climate change. Presented by SEJ and the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment. Details and video recording.
Covering a Crisis: Climate, Coronavirus and Global (In)Action
April 2, 2020
How should the media cover a crisis? SEJ's 2020 webinar series launches with a discussion of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that could inform how journalists, scientists, and advocates communicate about and address climate change. Join panelists Denis Hayes, The Earth Day Network and The Bullitt Foundation; Alice Hill, Council on Foreign Relations; and John Mecklin, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, moderated by Guardian US' Emily Holden. Go here for webinar details, video/audio recordings and coverage.