Society of Environmental Journalists Overview
Programs: Special initiatives led by journalists and editors to help colleagues improve reporting on climate change, sustainable food systems, water quality, air quality, environmental health, energy, biodiversity and other critically important environmental issues in the public interest. Methods of program delivery include:Comprehensive annual conference and reporting tours;Multi-layered, interactive Web site (www.sej.org)Print and electronic publications to meet a variety of educational and information needs. These include EJToday, a daily digest of environmental news reporting TipSheet a bi-weekly story idea and news source service; TipSheet Watchdog Edition a monthly publication highlighting environment-related freedom of information and right-to-know issues; and the quarterly SEJournal.Specialized outreach, aligned with programs, to build the SEJ community and promote training opportunities, especially among editors and those who cover environmental issues from business, health, suburban, science, investigative and general assignments, broadcasters, Web-based journalists, US minority journalists, Canadian and Mexican journalists;Environmental Journalism Awards in ten categories to foster excellence in reporting and build the stature of the beat among news managers; SEJ First Amendment Watchdog Project to monitor, educate and act on right to-know issues that affect the quality, accuracy and visibility of environmental journalismEfforts to increase diversity in environmental journalism;Regional training events led by SEJ members or co-sponsored with journalism organizations or academic institutions;Mentor program for students and others who may be new to the environment beat;Creative collaboration on new programs with journalism groups, universities and other appropriate partners.
The missionof the Society of Environmental Journalists is to strengthen the quality, reachand viability of journalism across all media platforms to advance publicunderstanding of environmental issues.
All SEJprograms, publications and services are designed and led by professionaljournalists and educators. SEJ is at the center of a growing community ofindividuals and institutions concerned with media and the environment. SEJ''s2009 membership includes more than 1,500 qualified print, broadcast and onlinereporters, editors, authors, photographers, producers, educators and students.SEJ''s vision: Credible and robust journalism that informs and engages society on environmentalissues.