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INSTITUTES FOR JOURNALISM & NATURAL RESOURCES
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.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I was one of the lucky journalists to be chosen for IJNR’s fellowship in Wisconsin, through the Lake Country Institute. And what an expedition it was! We travelled with wolf biologists to hear wolf calls after hours, forded icy streams to look at the cons.

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