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INSTITUTES FOR JOURNALISM & NATURAL RESOURCES
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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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.

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Client Served & I am a videojournalist. The tour gave me new sources, led to new stories and gave me lots of ideas for new stories.

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