Society of Environmental Journalists

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Environment, Water

Location: PO Box 2492 Jenkintown PA 19046 USA

Mission: 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.
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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of SEJ for years and attribute my success as a freelance journalist to the support, knowledge and guidance I've received from the impeccable organization. Annual conferences, databases, grant funding, and more help support environmental journalists of all stripes -- a task all the more critical as media organizations continue to gut their environmental coverage.

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A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Society of Environmental Journalists is one of the best places in North America to invest tax-free donations that support evenhanded and in-depth environmental coverage of issues that matter. The organization supports environmental journalism in all its facets, from newsroom to freelance, from print to broadcast to web. SEJ's annual conference is a superb compendium of the best available resources, on all sides of an issue. And the organization is utterly committed to complete transparency, not only in journalism, but in aspects of funding and support. I've been a member since 2003. My experiences with SEJ have made it, bar none, the best professional organization I've ever joined. The information and support I've received have made my continuing career in environmental journalism possible.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists since 2003, I can personally testify to the outstanding value of this organization in promoting the knowledge base, skills and opportunities for journalists who cover the environment. I learn more at an annual SEJ conference than I might during an entire semester of graduate school. And its daily congress with members through various list-serves and news alerts keeps me not only up-to-date, but ahead of many issues of the day. In addition, SEJ's mentorship and environmental journalism funding campaigns are a livesaver to journalists struggling to work independently in an a shrinking journalism market. I can think of no better organization in which to invest foundation or private dollars to strengthen the depth, accuracy and potential of environmental journalism in the U.S. and around the globe. Karen Schaefer, Freelance Journalist and Independent Radio Producer

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

SEJ always brings its members the best information about the stories we are writing. The board members are dedicated to carrying out the mission of supporting and improving media coverage of environmental issues. The public benefits from the help SEJ provides its members. Many services, such as SEJ News and SEJ Watch Dog, are provided free to journalists who are not members as well. SEJ's staff are constantly active in reaching out to the community of journalists and the public in general. SEJ has helped my work and helped me develop as a professional journalist.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Professional organizations serving journalists are legion. Among these, SEJ stands out on account of their members' extraordinary generosity in assisting fellow members with journalistic advice on all ethical and business subjects, and answers to practical questions on everything from buying speech-recognition software to analyzing toxicology databases to finding an expert on forest management in Arkansas. As an SEJ member (I guess the category is "client served"), what I've been able to learn via SEJ is akin to what a student at the best journalism school can get from having immediate access to some of the best-qualified faculty in the world. These expert journalists are donating their time and energy out of love for their craft and for the other people who practice it. Valentine's day is the perfect time for a testimonial saying "I Heart SEJ."

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A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

SEJ is a place where journalists with an environmental beat can liaise with other professionals with common interests. I have enjoyed the wealth of resources that this organization brings to its members. Moreover I have been able to exchange ideas and make new and rewarding contacts through SEJ's community on-line forum. Thanks for letting me be a part!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Likely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the privilege of being a presenter at the SEJ 2012's pre-conference freelance workshop. I often work with professional writers and this writer's organization is one of the very best. SEJ helps good journalists become great and great journalists become outstanding. At the same time SEJ nurtures environmental writers it helps raise environmental awareness and protection. A terrific organization worthy of support from those who value excellence in journalism as well as those who care about the environment.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization not only provides a community for environmental journalists, but it also provides vital resources for supporting environmental journalism in the 21st century.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

SEJ is an important resource for journalists covering environmental issues. Since joining in 1994, I've often turned to its online resources and tool for guidance. SEJ's annual conferences are unmatched in bringing reporters and sources together.

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Definitely

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A lot

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of SEJ since 2009. In those few years, I have made contacts with colleagues and experts that I never would have made otherwise. I was honored to be asked to participate in this year's Conference and came away from the experience feeling more confident about myself and my career choice. I met people who I know will change the way I participate in journalism forever. Getting to be a part of such a broad spectrum of professionals has been such and honor and a privilege. This group maintains integrity in all aspects of their journalism while investigating some of the most complicated issues on the planet. SEJ is home and I am so glad to be a part of it.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

SEJ has transformed the way that I approach my environmental journalism. The years of experience in the organization is priceless. They are a knowledgeable, friendly, and professional group to work with. The members take pride in their ethical reporting. I have learned so much since becoming a member in 2009. The Society of Environmental Journalists have helped me grow as a writer and as a human interacting with planet earth. They are an integral part of a well-rounded journalism education and I am proud to be a part of them.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Funders take note: there is no better 501c3 to donate to than SEJ. It's critical for the public that talented and dedicated journalists cover what is ultimately an existential beat for everyone on the planet. SEJ provides results that are both measurable and intangible. SEJ's existence has kept environmental reporters working even after they were laid off, downsized or saw their news outlets go bankrupt (including me). It's in no small measure SEJ's centrality in my professional life that kept me and many others innovating fresh ways to stay on this beat. SEJ helps keep us all informed on the latest science and politics, fights for access and transparency, and offers a space for connectedness and community at a time when our industry is cratering.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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