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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.


Awards, Grants, Fellowships & Workshops RSS

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. There are also many other awards and grants for reporting on environment-related topics, as well as fellowships and workshops.
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Climate Change Guide RSS

Climate change: A guide to the information and disinformation.
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Diverse Perspectives

SEJ is committed to supporting diversity in environmental journalism.
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EJ Gallery RSS

SEJ's archive of the very best investigative series and special projects on environmental topics, including many prize-winners.  
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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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SEJ Partners in Launch of Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk

Ag & Water Desk logoThe Society of Environmental Journalists will partner in the launch of a new Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk in partnership with Report for America and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and supported with a $1.4 million, three-year grant from the Walton Family Foundation. Find out more about the initiative and how journalists can get involved.

National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships

Fellowship graphicLaunched in Spring 2021, the National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships are a first-ever collaboration of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW), the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ). The year-long fellowships are open to early-career journalists interested in covering any or all of the three fields. Deadline was May 17; fellows were announced June 17.
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SEJ 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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SEJ Regional Conferences RSS

SEJ also holds numerous regional conferences and other events to help its more than 1,500 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 WatchDog Alert (formerly WatchDog TipSheet) is a regular source of story ideas, articles, updates, events and other information with a focus on freedom-of-information issues of concern to environmental journalists in both the United States and Canada.
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