Meet SEJ member Nina Ignaczak! Nina is an award-winning Detroit-based freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. She writes and produces stories about the environment, place and identity. Her recent work has been published by the Huffington Post, Detroit Free Press, Crains Detroit Business, Business Insider, Belt Magazine, Curbed, Detour Detroit, Outlier Media and Model D. She is the founder, publisher and editor of Planet Detroit, a digital media startup that tells Detroit's environmental stories while building a community of engaged readers who are informed and empowered to act personally and publicly. Prior to her career in journalism, Nina worked in urban planning in local government and nonprofit sectors. She has a Master of Science in Natural Resource Ecology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
When asked how SEJ membership makes her job easier, Nina said, "SEJ makes it possible to connect with others who are excited about the crucial reporting on climate and the environment, and lean on the support of the group. Planet Detroit has also received a Fund for Environmental Journalism/Lizzie Grossman grant from SEJ to do reporting projects that have been really meaningful to the publication as a whole."
Check out some of Nina's work on Planet Detroit:
- "MPSC Considers Requiring Utilities To Account for Public Health Costs of Future Electricity Generation, " May 7, 2021.
- "Film | Forty Gallons: A Visit to the Detroit Sugarbush," Apr 2, 2021.
- "Can a Community Water Lab Restore Trust in Flint?" Feb 18, 2021.
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