INSTITUTES FOR JOURNALISM & NATURAL RESOURCES

Rating: 4.91 stars   126 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Environment

Location: 121 Hickory Street Suite 2 MIssoula MT 59801 USA

Mission: IJNR's mission is to encourage higher standards of journalism and improved newsroom performance so that citizens and communities can be kept better informed. The organization concentrates on fostering deeper understanding between journalists and such important communities as scientists, policy-makers and natural-resource producers and consumers.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

... 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.

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.

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

participating in one of its expeditions.

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

I would not change a thing.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

See above

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

None at this time

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.


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

...my work as a journalist.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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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Review from Guidestar
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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.

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

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.

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.

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

two time fellowship

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

get it more funding

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

my fellowship with IJNR provided a mid-career boost to my reportage on the environment. the fellowship took place in Wisconsin, where I was able to learn hands-on in the field from experts. the fellowship also allowed me to interact with other journalists from around the country and share ideas and approaches to reporting. this is an organization well worth supporting because it gives reporters and editors a rare chance to spend time away from the newsroom, learning more in depth about the topics on which they report, in turn benefitting readers.

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

a fellowship in wisconsin following the Society for Environmental Journalists annual meeting.

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

add more fellowships

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This is an organization which is fighting to keep alive an endangered species - environmental journalism. Their good work and their efforts to expand the resources available to environmental journalists are helping to bring a higher awareness of critical issues involving natural resources.

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

I've witnessed the work of this organization through the reportage of journalists I respect.

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

Join forces with other organizations

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

IJNR has an extremely important mission, using the craft of journalism to educate the general public and policymakers about the most pressing environmental issues of our time. The old economic model for daily journalism is broken. While the industry is struggling to find its feet during in this historic time of transition, IJNR is working hard to make sure the biggest, most important, and most complex environmental news stories don't fall between the cracks. It has helped hundreds of journalists during the last 15 years, but there are thousands more who need IJNR's help, mentoring and support.

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

Helping to organize programs for them in the past.

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

Make it bigger.

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