Grist Magazine, Inc.

Rating: 4.8 stars   563 reviews

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Location: 710 Second Avenue Suite 860 Seattle WA 98104 USA

Mission: Our mission is to publish environmental news and commentary, spiked with a sense of humor and designed to motivate readers to take action on behalf of the environment.Half of our core readers are in their 20s and 30s, an audience that too often has not engaged with environmental organizations. Grist's readers include the heads of many environmental organizations, leading environmental scientists, congressional staffers, educators, students, journalists, grassroots activists, and people around the world who care about conservation but don't necessarily identify themselves as environmentalists. Millions of individuals are exposed to our work.
Target demographics: fight against climate change
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2 million reader per month become more informed about the environmental issues that impact the planet.
Geographic areas served: Seattle
Programs: daily environmental journalism, a strong fellowship program and in-depth reporting of environmental issues across the United States and the globe.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Grist Magazine provides a synopsis of environmental news, useful information, political developments and DIY with refreshing wit and humor. I always look forward to the reading experience, which leaves me better informed and usually entertained as well.

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Grist magazine is an educational and entertaining read.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful source of information and analysis for the environmental field (and those interested in the field)!

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by learning new information in my field.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

bringing back news summaries

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

By far the best and most useful, and most readable, synopsis of the most current and relevant environmental issues facing the planet, and a conduit for further information and learning. Simply indispensable for businesspeople with limited time to read stuff every day.

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conversation with others in my field who have seen or read the magazine, and in feedback from people who I've directed there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

on home page, emphasize new over blogs. Blogs are great but the home page should be top 5 news stories, with links to blogs less prominent.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Grist draws pictures with words, data, images and experience, to help bring issues and options home compellingly for professionals and citizens alike.

They use focused event coverage (like the Copenhagen climate summit) to help citizens get up to speed and share workable local strategies as well as national policy analysis.

Product analysis is a strength, whether it's bottled water or eco-friendly cosmetics - Grist probes chemistry, design, policy and alternatives cogently.

It's just a great, plain-English, read.

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regular emails and news feeds.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it a tiny bit less self-effacing.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a certified nutritionist, I find the artilcles in Grist refreshingly honest and timely. They have up to date articles on all of the topics that should concern todays consumers. It is tops on my list for information about the truth.

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I refer clients to articles of information I have found on this site.

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I cannot think of thing I would add except encouragement to keep on doing what they are doing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Grist is a great source of current information on all things environmental and communal. I use it in all my university classes. They cover big issues and those that fly under the radar. They are a leader in the field.

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getting information to people and motivating people to begin projects

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do nothing

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Grist's original articles are always informative and well-researched. The site also provides great links to other news organizations, allowing the reader to get a balanced look at the issues at hand. I depend on this website for information for my professional and personal understanding of environmental issues.

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I've shared the information and articles from Grist with family and coworkers to give them further

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the website simpler to use, and go back to having links to articles in a more organized way.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Grist is awesome. With little time on my hands, I turn to Grist Magazine to keep up to date on current environmental issues. Their articles and resouces help me gain more useful knowledge that help in both my professional and personal lives. It encourages me to do my part - I've written a few extra letters to politicians, gone more organic, and look harder at labels before I purchase. I also enjoy the humor - it makes these issues easier to bear. Thank you, Grist!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to discuss a wide variety of eco topics.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Usse less profanity, but it doesn't bother me that much.

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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Address a wide variety of issues in a humorous manner.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am an environmental toxicologist working to assess risk of contaminants to aquatic and terrestrial animals. The environmental information in Grist is timely and presents complicated scientific principles in a way that the public can understand.

While Grist presents information from a liberal perspective, authors advocate that their readers educate themselves. They convey the message that educated readers can make informed decisions about companies, groups, and causes to support to improve the environment.

They provide valuable services and are often ahead of other media reports. A good example was Umbra's presentation on commercial shampoos and natural alternatives. Since that video was posted by Grist, I have seen several articles about the marketing behind commercial shampoos and how they are not necessarily the best thing for your hair.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been in the clean energy field for over 30 years, and read The Grist religiously for it wide-ranging coverage of technology, projects and policy with even a tad of humor (unheard of in most environmental publications). David Roberts is one of the best analytical reporters in the business, and while i do not always agree with him on all his overviews, they are well-written and professional. I think the only suggestion I can give, is sometimes coordinate articles around issues showing different viewpoints within the "green" or clean energy community. This field is not monolithic in thought and it's important to expose this diverse thinking and pointy-of-views, Scott Sklar, President, the Stella Group, Ltd.

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The Grist articles come up in many of my Washington, DC meetings and coordination meetings among different analytical and advocacy groups. A good sign that this communication media is having an impact.

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Sems fine, I had one suggestion (above). I like the humor and I hope that stays because it makes the communications more human and more engaging.

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