SEJ Initiatives

SEJ serves its members and the profession with many programs and initiatives. This page highlights some of SEJ's key activities. Also read the mission statement and objectives of SEJ's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.


Annual Conferences RSS

SEJ's annual conference brings together journalists, scientists, government officials, advocacy leaders and others to explore the many facets of environmental stories in order to improve the quality and accuracy of environmental reporting. Annual conferences are open to both SEJ members and those who are not members.
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Awards for Reporting on the Environment

SEJ sponsors its own contest to honor the year's best environmental journalism in newspapers, magazines and newsletters and on television, radio and the internet. Cash prizes.
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Diverse Perspectives

SEJ is committed to supporting diversity in environmental journalism.
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SEJ collaborates with other media organizations in offering fellowships, including the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk and the National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships.
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Freedom of Information RSS

In March 2002, the Society of Environmental Journalists' board of directors formed a Freedom of Information Task Force "to address freedom-of-information, right-to-know, and other news gathering issues of concern to the pursuit of environmental journalism." These pages are one result of that task force work.
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Fund for Environmental Journalism

SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism gifts grants of up to $5,000 to both members and non-members to help underwrite environmental reporting projects and entrepreneurial ventures.
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Mentor Program RSS

Member-to-member help has always been an important part of SEJ's mission to improve environmental journalism, and that's what our mentor program is all about.
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Regional Conferences and Webinars RSS

SEJ also holds numerous webinars, regional conferences and other events to help its more than 1,400 members polish their craft and get important background on current environmental issues.
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Young Journalists and the News

SEJ posts news about young journalists, and opportunities for aspiring youth.
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WatchDog Alert

The archives of WatchDog Alert (formerly WatchDog TipSheet) contain news and tools on access to environmental information from 2008-early 2020. (In March 2020, SEJournal relaunched the WatchDog in a new form — as a regularly published opinion column advocating open information in the personal voice of columnist Joseph A. Davis.)