All SEJ 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.
SEJ Webinar: The Time Is Now — A COP26 Primer for Journalists
October 27, 2021
Climate change is making headlines around the world as the global climate community prepares to gather in Glasgow for the United Nations' 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). SEJ and the UN Foundation are bringing together UN policy experts and journalists to discuss what to watch for as the international community seeks to measure and accelerate progress towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. Featuring a how-to guide on covering COP26 and discussion of the key policies and actions, this webinar is a primer for this complex — but critically important — moment for climate change, and for climate coverage. This webinar is the fourth in a series providing journalists with background, tools and tips on covering the latest in climate change science and its connections to other global priorities. Join us on October 27 from 1-2PM ET for a discussion of what to look for when covering the COP. Webinar details and registration.
SEJ Webinar: All Life, Great and Small — Covering Biodiversity
October 13, 2021
Human activity is fraying the interdependent, biological webs that support all life. Can we reverse course? During Part I of the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), SEJ and the UN Foundation brought together biodiversity experts and journalists to discuss what to watch for as the international science community seeks to protect — and maybe even repair — our damaged ecosystems as the climate changes. Against the backdrop of the international 30x30 Initiative, the ongoing struggle of Indigenous peoples to protect their homelands and rapidly increasing species extinction, we have to ask: what next? Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
SEJ Webinar: Food and Farming in a Warming World
September 15, 2021
The dire projections in the IPCC's latest climate science report made major headlines — but what do they mean for key sectors like agriculture and food production? Ahead of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, we brought together policymakers, experts and journalists covering food, farming and climate to discuss the questions, science and story ideas that will engage your editors and your audience. The lively discussion took a deep dive into the future of global food systems in a rapidly changing climate. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Drought in the American West: "The Everything Disaster"
August 5, 2021
Scarce water and unrelenting heat are rattling the states west of the Mississippi River. Wildfires this year have already charred more than 2.8 million acres and darkened the skies for thousands of miles. Household wells are going dry, large reservoirs on the Colorado River are dangerously low and farmers from California to Oregon and Idaho are being told no irrigation water is available. Salmon and marine life, meanwhile, are succumbing to record-breaking heat. Our roundtable of experienced journalists and subject-matter experts discussed this drying of the American West, what it means and how to report it. Hosted by SEJ and Circle of Blue. Webinar details, video recording and data sources.
Can We Talk? Getting the Story From Biden’s Interior Department
July 28, 2021
The Biden administration pledged to have a more open and respectful relationship with the press than its predecessor. On July 28, we had a conversation with top aides to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland exploring what access journalists have now to experts and information at Interior and its many bureaus and offices, including the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
The Future Is Here — Climate Science and Covering the IPCC 6th Assessment Report
July 21, 2021
What’s our climate future and are you ready to report on it? The IPCC is scheduled to release its 6th Assessment Report — the first update since 2014 — on August 9. To help journalists prepare to report on the new projections, SEJ partnered with the UN Foundation on a series of webinars to provide journalists with background, tools and tips on covering the latest in IPCC and scientific research findings. Our July 21 webinar provided an expert overview of the IPCC process, its findings and what they might mean for U.S. policy. We also discussed strategies for effectively pitching stories on climate science and projections. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Investigating Extractive Industries
June 10, 2021
Extractive industries — mining, forestry, fishing, oil/gas — offer the promise of economic growth and the peril of environmental degradation. By shining a light on extractive industries, investigative environmental journalism can inform communities, hold businesses accountable and catalyze better decisions by governments. But investigative reporting can be expensive, difficult and dangerous. On June 10, we heard from leading reporters whose powerful investigations have increased transparency about extractive industries in the Americas. Panelists discussed examples of investigations into logging, mining and fishing and provided tips for staying safe while staying true to the story. The recording will be available soon. Webinar details and video recording.
Missing Stories: Uncovering Environment-Climate-Religion Connections
May 18, 2021
When it comes to covering climate change and environmental crisis, journalists are missing a major hook: religion, faith and spirituality. Journalists on nearly every beat, along with every government department under the Biden Administration, are realizing that climate change is now too big a story to be siloed under “environment.” But as the conversation shifts, one major realm of human existence sits on the sidelines: how religion and spirituality shape the relationship between humans and their environment. Join us, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, for a discussion on how to find these missing stories and tell them well, including launch of a new fellowship and story grants via SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism. SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
What Would Real Environmental Health and Justice Look Like?
May 11, 2021
Our all-star panel provided a snapshot of the state of environmental health and justice right now, ahead of the new White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council meeting on May 13. Panelists discussed what's happening in local communities and at the national level, and offered tips and story ideas for the coming year on both the problems and solutions to the challenges of protecting environmental health and equity. Following Q&A with the speakers, SEJ executive director Meaghan Parker took questions about the Fund for Environmental Journalism story grants on this topic. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
The U.S. Climate Summit: What Comes Next?
April 26, 2021
With this week's U.S. Climate Summit, the Biden Administration is seeking to retake the reins on global climate change leadership by setting a new carbon emissions reduction target. But will this leadership translate into environmental policy changes that protect people, including marginalized communities at home and abroad? This webinar provided an overview of the flurry of federal climate change activity since Biden took office and we heard from leaders in business, environmental justice, and the climate youth movement on what comes next. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Let the Sunshine In! Will EPA Reopen Its Doors to the Press?
March 18, 2021
During Sunshine Week 2021, SEJ facilitated an enlightening conversation on government transparency and media access with top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Covering the Environment Using Google Tools for Journalists
Dec 15, 16 and 17, 2020
SEJ and The Resilience Media Project of Columbia University's Earth Institute hosted Google News Labs’ Maggie Farley (pictured, right) for a quick tour of Google’s new tools for journalists, with a particular focus on environmental journalism. Participants learned how to find and analyze data, then learned how to tell stories using clear, powerful data visualization tools. Use Pinpoint to instantly find connections in documents. And use Google Earth and other tools to create historical time lapses to show environmental change over time. Recording and coverage will be posted when available. Event details.
Post-Election Reality Check — A Green Recovery for All?
Nov 24, 2020
With the 2020 election results in, environmental journalists want to know what’s on the agenda for the next four years. Environmental advocates are calling for a green recovery that ensures pandemic responses and economic relief programs address the risks and impact of climate change. Racial justice advocates insist that this cannot be accomplished without a focus on equity. But what is feasible, given the impact of the escalating pandemic on people’s health and livelihoods? What will the new administration seek to do, how will Republicans respond and what will be the impact on Americans and the world? The sixth #SEJ2020 webinar was for journalists seeking to report on the connections between climate, COVID-19 and the economy. All journalists welcome. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Covering Climate, COVID-19 and the Election — Opinion Polls and Voters’ Guides on Environmental Issues
Oct 28, 2020
The results of the turbulent 2020 elections will have critically important consequences for voters concerned about the environment. With Election Day around the corner, the Society of Environmental Journalists hosted this fifth #SEJ2020 webinar with environmental pollsters, advocates and reporters who discussed what’s at stake this November and what role environmental issues are playing in the final stretches of this unique and unpredictable campaign season. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
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? The fourth #SEJ2020 webinar was for journalists seeking a report on the connections between climate, COVID-19 and the economy, and the potential for a green recovery. 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 discussed their experiences covering these issues. 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 launched 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. Panelists were 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.