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February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As a journalist, my fellowship with IJNR helped me see how much is possible in environmental reporting, and challenged me to meet the inherent promise in every story I tell. Our 10-day trip was intense. We covered hundreds of miles and talked about climate change, water use, hatcheries v. wild fish, logging practices, grazing standards, the reintroduction of wolves and more. We got to meet interesting people on all sides of every issue. I can't imagine how an organization could touch more hot topics and go more into depth. As the pressure builds -- on the natural environment and within the journalism industry -- the importance of IJNR will only rise.

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IJNR has changed -- for the better! - the way that I approach my job every day.

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

expand it so that more journalists could participate.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

IJNR helped train me to do my job.
It is run by people who are respected in the field.
The 10 days I spent on this fellowship provided a wealth of information that informed my reporting for years to come.
IJNR staff continued to encourage me long after the fellowship ended.
At a
time when newsrooms have fewer resources, nonprofits that assist them are crucial.
I've expressed my gratitude by donating to the organization and hope others will join me.

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environmental journalism

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The main issue for this organization is need for ongoing funding sources.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

The Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources is the best organization I have been associated with during my nearly 40 years in the field of journalism. Through intensive field trips, the IJNR staff creates for its fellows an experience that provides immediate professional development. Moreover, the staff manages to create a collegial atmosphere among recipients of fellowships so that the learning continues for years afterward. The seeds sown by IJNR continue to bear fruit in ways IJNR staff members do not even know about. It is a great organization.

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One of several ways my IJNR experience was beneficial is that it help refine my perspective regarding the interplay of natural resources and the industries that depend on natural resources. For example, in Georgia and South Carolina, we talked with workers in the forest and fishing industries.

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

Figure out a way to pump more grant money into IJNR so more journalists could benefit.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I've enjoyed IJNR's expeditions since they started in the mid-'90s. I began as a teenager tasked with hauling coolers full of beverages from site to site. I wound up as person who cares deeply about the environment and who wants to see America's newsrooms far better-equipped to the myriad natural-resource stories that have a huge impact on the quality of life for communities across the country. IJNR provides an outstanding service to an industry that desperately needs their thoughtful approach to professional development.

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my studies of environmental public policy in college and in job searches in the field.

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

get them more resources. Programs are expensive, but the value to the professionals and the communities they ultimately serve is invaluable.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

IJNR organized a tour of environmental points of interest around Lake Erie in May, 2009 for a group of journalists, both English and French speaking from the U.S. and Canada. I was one of them. The experience was superb in every way. It was well organized, informative and provided a great opportunity to meet and disccus issues with other journalists and colleagues. The access to sites such as the large dairy operation in Michigan, fishery in Lake Erie, and power facilities near Niagara Falls was extraordinary. There were background briefings with leaders in a wide variety of environmental issues and there was particular care taken to provide many sides of each story. The tour was thought provoking and inspiring and did a great deal to promote more thoughtful environmental journalism. IJNR is an organization that should be strongly supported.

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My daily work experience

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This organization needs more resources. They do very good work, but those running the program I was involved with seemed to be overextended and could have used help.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I went on a 2007 IJNR expedition in Montana and found it incredibly helpful as a reporter newly arrived to the region. Frank and his team were able to stir up so many story ideas that almost four years later I'm still putting them to use. All in all a great organization providing a valuable service to reporters and the public.

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My field of work

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

Personally be more involved in it.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

There are few opportunities for journalists to get crucial hands-on experience in science and environmental topics. This is an amazing experience and an important pillar in the support of a well-educated press.

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the breadth and depth of information it allows journalists to learn and experience.

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

offer more fellowships.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

There is a tremendous dearth of good science and environmental reporting in the U.S. today. Mainstream media only seem to respond when there is a huge disaster, like the BP oil well blowout.
IJNR is able to get reporters from cash strapped news organizations into the field... to see and hear
and smell and ponder important nature, wildlife, and environmental stories. Having an idea of what ecosystems are like in "normal" times helps reporters understand and explain the situation when nature is in the midst of a crisis.

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Several colleagues have done important environment stories based on field work with IJNR. We need more!!!

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

Get more reporters, especially young digital whizzes, out into the field to report important nature, wildlife, pollution, and policy stories. The hands on experience certainly beats hours on the phone or the computer!

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

IJNR is a fantastic organization, vitally needed at a time when media outlets are scaling back on staff as well as professional development opportunities for reporters and editors. Covering environmental issues well demands knowledge of the subject covered, a critical eye, and an appreciation for the complexity of viewpoints and perspectives. IJNR expedition fellowships take journalists into the field and into the heart of many of the most important environmental issues of the day. I was a fellow in November 2009 in the American Southwest, specifically New Mexico, to study how this region is emblematic of the nation's reliance on 20th century sources of energy, such as highly polluting coal, and at the same time at the cutting edge of developing alternative sources of energy, including wind and solar. We toured wind farms by air, talked with coal executives, and saw how Native American communities are adopting 21st century solar energy technology to improve their economic standing -- among many other activities. The staff of IJNR was wonderful -- organized, supportive and incredibly inspiring. I met some terrific journalists, and two years later I still keep in touch with many of them.

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I've developed a greater appreciation for the biggest energy issues the nation faces, and I made many new friends, professionally and personally. I've written about my experiences at IJNR for Yale University, and I continue to work on new article ideas for Scientific American and other media outlets.

Ways to make it better...

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

Extend the expedition fellowships by a few days, and expand the reach and frequency of these fellowships -- all of which requires additional financial support.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I have had two fellowships with this organization. They take you into the field and recharge your journalism batteries, sending you back to your news organization with a fresh eye and renewed vigor.

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two time fellowship

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

get it more funding

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