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February 22, 2012

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February 19, 2011

IJNR is without a doubt the most professional environmental nonprofit organization in the United States. The institute takes working journalists into the field to study first-hand some of the most pre... more

February 22, 2012

IJNR provides the highest level of professional experience for serious environmental journalists. The program's field immersion is unparalleled. Fellows receive intensive training in this specialization. They also have fun in the field learning about other cultures, environmental issues and their solutions, and getting to know each other on IJNR's well prepared field trips, such as rafting on rivers, crabbing, and participating in traditional Native American ceremonies.An

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Life-changing

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2010

February 19, 2011

IJNR is without a doubt the most professional environmental nonprofit organization in the United States. The institute takes working journalists into the field to study first-hand some of the most pressing environmental issues of our times. Many IJNR fellows have written award-winning articles based on their experience with this NGO. Still others have written highly acclaimed books on issues they learned about as participants in this forward-looking institute that provides the skills and opportunities to truly excel in the field.

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... in my own career as a journalist and author of three books about the environment, and as a tenured professor of environmental journalism at the University of Oregon.

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

Find the best funding opportunities to keep it vibrant and help it expand. After all, teaching others about the environment is one of the most important missions of our times.

March 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 3, 2011

In the summer of 2002, I went on an IJNR-sponsored trip to the California/Oregon border on a program to help environmental journalists get a better grasp of water issues in the area. It was a fantastic experience that lead to a multi-dimensional understanding of the forces at work in the area. We talked with farmers, native Americans, environmentalists, loggers and policy-makers. We met many passionate and committed people, who brought the region's issues to life. We covered a lot of ground. We learned a lot. And we had a blast. I came away extremely impressed with IJNR. This is a quality organization.

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

participating in one of its expeditions.

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

I would not change a thing.

March 1, 2011

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March 1, 2011

It was in the summer of 2000 that I went to Maine as a Fellow to learn to be a better natural resources reporter. The exposure to how to ask probing questions and to come up with a more complete under... more

March 1, 2011

It was in the summer of 2000 that I went to Maine as a Fellow to learn to be a better natural resources reporter. The exposure to how to ask probing questions and to come up with a more complete understanding of complicated topics was extremely valuable. Like most reporters at small newspapers, I have to move quickly from one complex topic to another and get it right. And be able to pull readers into stories and topics and hold their attention. The travels tested my stamina, too. Unfortunately, Frank had to leave part-way through the trip to keep an eye on his house in Montana, threatened with wildfires. Otherwise I might have learned more about setting up a story. But it was a wonderful experience!

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I took an eight-day trip in Maine to see salmon farms and wild salmon, blueberry barrens, forestry practices, lobstering, and many other natural resource stories.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure that IJNR had an endowment that would ensure its survival.

March 1, 2011

It was in the summer of 2000 that I went to Maine as a Fellow to learn to be a better natural resources reporter. The exposure to how to ask probing questions and to come up with a more complete understanding of complicated topics was extremely valuable. Like most reporters at small newspapers, I have to move quickly from one complex topic to another and get it right. And be able to pull readers into stories and topics and hold their attention. The travels tested my stamina, too. Unfortunately, Frank had to leave part-way through the trip to keep an eye on his house in Montana, threatened with wildfires. Otherwise I might have learned more about setting up a story. But it was a wonderful experience!

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

I took an eight-day trip in Maine to see salmon farms and wild salmon, blueberry barrens, forestry practices, lobstering, and many other natural resource stories.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure that IJNR had an endowment that would ensure its survival.

March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

Beyond the stimulating total emersion within a journalistic milieu that IJNR offers its selected Fellows on each of its highly organized Institutes, the most remarkable aspect of the experience they provide is the complete financial support that's included with each invitation to participate in one of their unique journeys of discovery.

From the moment of arrival until the final departure, Fellows' expenses for each Institute are all covered by IJNR and its generous supporters. I hadn't experienced funding support like that since I served in the Navy, and IJNR doesn't even require you to wear a uniform or stand mid-watches. And the food is so much better than Navy chow, there's no comparison.

But the best food IJNR brings to the table is food for thought, both in the outstanding speakers and other resources they present to the Fellows day after day, and the careful selection of the Fellows themselves for each journey whose members are chosen with the intent of creating a symbiotic whole that will continue to evolve from their shared experience long after their particular Institute is complete.

Like the old wisdom about college--that education is what remains after all you learned has been forgotten--the IJNR experience only gains with time, investing intellectual capital in its alumni that continues to grow like compounding interest, and which will benefit the collective Fellowship on each journey for the rest of their careers, even lives.

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See above

Ways to make it better...

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

None at this time

March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

I received some of the best training I've ever had in journalism through IJNR. Frank and Maggie bring together informed and thoughtful experts in all realms of things environmental. They also manage to facilitate productive discussions among the journalist-participants.

The Great!

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

the way it developed my reporting skills and knowledge about the environment and natural resources.

Ways to make it better...

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

help it build more substantial infrastructure.

March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011


It’s no exaggeration to say that participating in an IJNR journalism fellowship was one of the most stimulating and enjoyable experiences I've had as a reporter and writer. With twenty years in the industry I’ve attended dozens of conferences and participated in many fellowships, but the IJNR
expedition is truly unique.


In a time when traditional journalism seems to be a in a free fall, the IJNR field trip experience feels like a life raft. The chance to meet the experts and practitioners in their own element, to see science unfolding in an outdoor laboratory of nature, is exciting, and to experience the comradery of fellow journalists and mentoring of elders is invigorating as well.

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These expeditions were invaluable for several magazine features that I have currently in the works; I’ve turned to some of the scientists we met for expert advice since then. Two pieces that I’ve written on Mark Twain and American journalism, on the occasion of the release of his new Autobiography were indirectly inspired by the IJNR experience, and I have a third article in the works as well.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide more chapters around the country.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

It is a privilege to know first-had the lasting impact IJNR has on its participants, both as professionals and as people. When I first encountered IJNR, I had never had the opportunity to spend time with another reporter who wanted to specialize in environmental journalism. My nine-day journey with a busload of fellows supported and encouraged my commitment like nothing else could. Once the bus ride is over, IJNR fellows continue to challenge each other. I’m continually blown away by the outstanding contributions IJNR fellows are making to honest reporting that dodges preconceived notions and avoids easy conclusions. I am grateful for the investment IJNR makes in people.

The Great!

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

my work as a reporter and my growth as a person.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to secure continuous, reliable funding.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

The great thing about IJNR is learning about emerging environmental issues on the ground. You're hearing from the experts, while you're also in the field. It's like going to a cool seminar, but you're not in a sterile classroom or conference center. You're actually outdoors and learning.
I
remember one night in southern Georgia helping with a controlled burn while on an IJNR fellowship. I'd often spoken with experts about how fire can help forests, but seeing how controlled burns are conducted was eye opening. It was interesting to learn the preparations that go into it, then how the burns are managed. We later discussed what the burning would do for the landscape. It gave me much greater insight and perspective on an issue I only knew in the abstract before.
Another great experience was simpler. Our group was taken to a mixed forest in South Carolina. In the forest, we heard birds, squirrels and other sounds of wildlife that lived in the woods. We then were taken to a pine plantation. The thing I remember most is how eerily quiet it was in the pine plantation, since it lacked a diversity of tree species. No birds or animals making sounds. The only real sound was the spring wind blowing in the pines.


The Great!

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

...my work as a journalist.

Ways to make it better...

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

...have more fellowships in the eastern U.S.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I am a supporter and general admirer of IJNR. While I am in a different field, I value very much the expertise that IJNR provides for journalists who cover natural resource issues. I care a lot about these issues and feel confident that IJNR and their fine group is providing a much-needed service. I have kept up with their projects and am happy to support them. They get my vote! Joyce L. Hocker, Ph. D.

The Great!

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

Looking at their journalism, admiring their creative introduction of wild places to journalists, and cheering them on from the sidelines.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them more money!

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

IJNR took me to the intersections of science, public policy and natural splendor during my 10-day fellowship. I canoed on Tule Lake with the head of the Klamath Nation, saw bears and bald eagles, traversed the Klamath River, learned about healthy forests and the need to control fuel loading, saw the efficiency of wetlands and how this natural filtering process helps the City of Arcata with waste water treament on Humboldt Bay. These hands-on, boot-on-the-ground experiences are essential for those who report on natural resource issues and intrepret resource policy for the public. IJNR is the answer for deadline-drive journalists who struggle to get out of the office and into the field. What I experienced was more than fun, it was essential.

The Great!

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

I continue to follow the reporting and editing of these talented colleagues, tracking their work as a way to inform my own writing and photography.

Ways to make it better...

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

Allow for a little more art -- photography, music, cultural history.

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