The topic of our Environmental Journalism panel at the ASJA Writers Conference April 25 was the importance of vetting your science and being informed about environmental issues. Panelists Dale Willman, Executive Editor of Field Notes Productions; David Biello, Associate Editor at Scientific American; John Mecklin, Editor in Chief at Miller-McCune; and Roger Witherspoon, freelance journalist and editor and publisher of www.spoonsenergymatters.com all shared advice, insight, and entertaining – albeit critical – examples of poorly informed environmental stories. Sunshine Menezes, Executive Director of The Metcalf Institute, was unable to join us, but kindly shared resources for environmental education:
ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS
Compiled by Sunshine Menezes, 4/19/10
Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, RI
• Science immersion programs for early career to veteran journalists. Programs focus on improving journalists’ understanding of the scientific research process including data collection and analysis, as well specific topics ranging from marine science to climate change to toxic chemicals.
• Fellowships include a one week Science Immersion Workshop, 10-month Environmental Reporting Fellowship, and Science Seminars on specific topics. (Metcalf Institute also administers the $75,000 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment.)
• For more information, contact Program Director, Katharine McDuffie. (401) 874-6211, firstname.lastname@example.org
Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, Missoula, MT
• Expedition-style programs designed for reporters and editors who aspire to produce deeper, more explanatory news coverage of issues that affect growth, economic development, rural communities, natural resources and the environment.
• For more information, contact Maggie Allen, (406) 273-3523, Maggie.Allen@IJNR.org
Logan Science Journalism Program, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
• Offer two programs, one focused on biomedicine, and the Polar Hands-On Laboratory held at the Toolik Field Station, Alaska.
• For more information, contact Andrea Early, (508) 289-7423, email@example.com
Knight Science Journalism Fellowships, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Nine-month fellowships offer experienced journalists the opportunity to increase their understanding of science, technology, medicine and the environment.
• For more information, call (617) 452-3513, firstname.lastname@example.org
Science Literacy Project, SoundVision Productions, Berkeley, CA
• One week workshops for journalists who report on science, health, environment or technology issues—as well as editors, news directors and general assignment reporters—who seek concentrated training in science journalism and creative use of the radio medium.
• For more information, contact Executive Director, Bari Scott, (510) 486-1185
Great Lakes Environmental Journalism Training Institute, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
• One-week program for journalists who cover the environment in the Great Lakes region, to learn about some of the most critical environmental issues confronting the region.
• For more information, contact Associate Director, David Poulson, (517) 432 5417, email@example.com
And this is just the beginning! See the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Web site for a thorough list. http://www.sej.org
Here are further resources I put together to share at the ASJA Annual Conference 2008 and 2010, NYC and SATW Caribbean Conference 2008, Little Rock:
IS GREEN THE NEW BLACK?
Vetting Your Science
Compiled by Trish Riley
The Society of Environmental Journalists www.sej.org
International Ecotourism Society www.ecotourism.org
Union of Concerned Scientists www.ucsusa.org
The Rocky Mountain Institute www.rmi.org
Green Seal Certified Lodging http://www.greenseal.org/certproducts.htm#lodging
Greenpeace International www.greenpeace.org
Green Globe 21 http://www.greenglobe.org
WorldWatch Institute www.worldwatch.org
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov
The Center for Media and Democracy www.sourcewatch.org
Green Hotels Association Member List http://www.greenhotels.com/members.htm
Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org
Environmental Health News – www.ehn.org
Earth Policy Institute www.earth-policy-org
Friends of the Earth www.foe.org
Physicians for Social Responsibility www.psr,org
Center for Health and Environmental Justice www.chej.org
Rachel’s Democracy and Health News www.rachel.org