About SEJournal Online

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SEJournal Online is the digital news magazine of the Society of Environmental Journalists, relaunched online in November 2016 to provide more information in a format that’s faster, free to all, and easier to search and share. Read the latest from SEJournal Online. To subscribe to the e-newsletter, click here.

Each week (on Wednesdays), SEJournal Online and our associated e-newsletter will bring you in-depth insight into the environment beat through features, special reports and columns including:

  • TipSheet: story ideas and source guide to the latest hot topics
  • Reporter's Toolbox: focusing on the world of data journalism
  • WatchDog: opinion column advocating open information in a personal voice
  • Backgrounders: getting ahead on emerging developments
  • BookShelf: environmental book reviews and Between the Lines interviews with authors
  • EJ Academy: environmental journalism research and teaching techniques
  • EJ InSight: exploring the cutting edge of visual journalism on the environment
  • Features: range of environmentally related topics in a variety of formats
  • FEJ StoryLog: reports from grantees of SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism
  • Freelance Files: surviving as an independent journalist
  • Inside Story: interviews with journalists creating winning work
  • SEJ News: professional updates and developments from HQ

Learn more about SEJournal Online with this Letter from the Editor, A. Adam Glenn. You can contact Glenn or other editors with questions, comments, story ideas, articles, news briefs and tips at sejournaleditor@sej.org.

SEJournal also periodically seeks volunteer editors to help with existing or new columns. Time commitment: For editing, typically 4-6 hours per quarter, depending on the column frequency.

SEJournal Online

Editor: A. Adam Glenn
Associate Editor: Frances Backhouse
TipSheet, Toolbox, Backgrounder & WatchDog Opinion: Joseph A. Davis
BookShelf: Tom Henry
EJ Academy: Bob Wyss
EJ Insight: Open
Features: Cheryl Hogue
FEJ StoryLog: Carolyn Whetzel
Freelance FilesChristine Woodside, Co-editor Open
Inside Story: Emilia Askari, Parimal Rohit
Contributing Editor: Roger Archibald
Copy Editor: Cindy MacDonald



To maintain the strongest possible news standards for SEJournal Online, SEJ has an Editorial Advisory Board made up of SEJournal Online editors, along with representatives of the SEJ membership and board of directors. Editorial Advisory Board Chair is Robert McClure.

Access to the online versions of the SEJournal print editions going from Sept. 1, 2016 back to the Vol. 1, No 1. in Nov. 15, 1990, continues through the archives. You can read individual stories or view full issues in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. To display or print back issues, get the free Adobe Acrobat ® reader.

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Roger Archibald, Contributing Editor

Roger Archibald is a freelance photographer and writer based in Boston. He is also founder and director of the Documerica 2020 Project, an effort to replicate and update imagery produced fifty years ago for the original Project Documerica, an initiative launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during its first years to create a photographic baseline portrait of the American environment as it then appeared. Earlier, Archibald was one of the 13 original co-founders of the North American Nature Photography Association, serving on its charter Board of Directors, and as the first editor of the organization’s publication, Currents. His occupations outside of journalism have included eight years as a seasonal smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service in California and Montana, as well as serving as a U.S. Merchant Marine officer and able seaman aboard traditional sailing vessels from the Caribbean to Japan. A Navy Vietnam veteran, Roger Archibald holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Email Archibald at sejournaleditor@sej.org.


Emilia Askari, Inside Story Co-Editor

Emilia Askari teaches environmental and public health journalism at the University of Michigan. A former reporter for the Detroit Free Press, she served as SEJ’s second president and is currently a member of SEJ’s awards and diversity committees. Askari is completing a Ph.D. in educational technology from Michigan State University, studying how schools can teach high school students to use social media in civic ways. Email Askari at sejournaleditor@sej.org.



Frances Backhouse, Associate Editor

Frances Backhouse is an award-winning author and freelance environmental journalist based in Victoria, British Columbia. Her byline has appeared in a wide range of Canadian and American publications, she was a contributing editor for British Columbia Magazine and she has produced an hour-long radio documentary. Frances is also the author of six nonfiction books for adults and one for children, and is currently working on two more kids’ books about wildlife. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Victoria. She taught creative nonfiction and journalism in the University of Victoria Department of Writing for six years. Email Backhouse at sejournaleditor@sej.org.


Joe Davis, TipSheet/Toolbox/Backgrounder/WatchDog Editor

Joseph A. Davis is a freelance writer/editor in Washington, D.C. who has been writing about the environment since 1976. Davis was senior writer with the Environmental Health Center until 2002, where he was acting editor of EHC's Environment Writer as well as principal author of EHC's reporter's guide on the science of global climate change. Between 1982 and 1989, he covered energy, environment and natural resources for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. Davis earned his B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has experience in database reporting and has taught Web publishing. Email Davis at sejournaleditor@sej.org.


Adam Glenn, Editor

A. Adam Glenn is an award-winning journalist, media consultant and journalism educator, and is currently writer/editor at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. Glenn is a former senior producer at ABCNews.com, and one-time executive editor of Greenwire and bureau chief for a group of environmental and health & safety newsletters in Washington, D.C. His recent environmental projects have included a New York-focused climate news site and a reporter's guide to climate adaptation. Consulting clients have included news publishers, journalism think tanks, and non-profit and charitable organizations, and Glenn has taught at City University of New York, New York University and Columbia. He has won numerous fellowships and grants, most recently a public policy fellowship at the Washington, D.C.-based Wilson Center think tank. Glenn holds a Master of Arts degree in international (environmental) policy from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Boston University. He is a Brooklyn native and lives in the Lower Hudson Valley. Contact Glenn at SEJournaleditor@SEJ.org.


Tom Henry, BookShelf Editor

Tom Henry is a member of Central Michigan University's Journalism Hall of Fame, a 2015 inductee. He began his journalism career more than 40 years ago, and has focused on Great Lakes environmental-energy issues for most of his 28-plus years at The (Toledo) Blade. Among his awards have been the Great Lakes Leadership Award for excellence in communications from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the Jack Vallentyne Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research, an excellence in environmental writing award from Wayne State University's Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, a Great Lakes communication award from the Healing Our Waters coalition and twice the Vermont Law School fellowship for environmental journalists. Henry is a former Society of Environmental Journalists board member. Email Henry at thenry@theblade.com.


Cheryl Hogue, Features Editor

Cheryl Hogue is an award-winning journalist who reports on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and international environmental issues, including climate change, sustainability and persistent pollutants. She has written extensively on PFAS pollution as well as potential policies and technologies to reduce the presence of these “forever chemicals” in people and the environment. Hogue worked for five years at smaller daily newspapers in Maryland, then at the precursor of Bloomberg Law — the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. For the past two decades, she has been a staff reporter and editor based in Washington, D.C., at Chemical & Engineering News, published by one of the world’s largest scientific societies. Hogue holds a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in environmental sciences from Johns Hopkins University. She served as a member of the SEJ board of directors from 2004-2010 and is an avid birder and botanist. Email Hogue at sejournaleditor@sej.org.


Parimal Rohit, Inside Story Co-Editor

Parimal Rohit is a veteran journalist currently serving as staff writer for the Austin Business Journal and podcaster with The Asian Highway. He also hosts Erased, an environmental news podcast. Previous stops include The Log (recreational boating publication), India-West (ethnic media), Mirror Media Group in Santa Monica, The Signal in Santa Clarita and Buzzine Networks in Hollywood. Rohit also covered sports, politics and entertainment as a freelancer for several publications, including Campus Circle and Sun Community Newspapers. Email Rohit at sejournaleditor@sej.org.


Karen Schaefer, Freelance Files Co-Editor

Karen Schaefer is a nationally award-winning freelance journalist and independent public media producer based in northern Ohio. A 12-year veteran of two Ohio public radio newsrooms and one PBS television station, Schaefer’s stories and interviews have appeared on NPR, Marketplace, the BBC, the CBC and Voice of America, as well as on regional stations and shows like WBEZ-Chicago, WBUR-Boston’s Only A Game, WCPN-Cleveland, Michigan Radio, WKAR-East Lansing and The Allegheny Front, a Pittsburgh environmental news program. Karen's work has been recognized by more than 65 awards, including first place for breaking news from PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors, Inc.), a regional Emmy for her work on WVIZ/PBS-Cleveland's Ideas program and an Edward R. Murrow regional award as part of a news team documentary at WKSU-Kent. Schaefer is a three-time fellow of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, and has also won fellowships from the George Gund Foundation, The Poynter Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Florida School of Natural Resources and Environment. Email Schafer at karenscha@gmail.com.


Carolyn Whetzel, FEJ StoryLog Editor

Carolyn Whetzel is an independent journalist. As a 26-year staff correspondent for Bloomberg BNA (previously The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.), she covered local, state and federal environment and energy issues in California. Whetzel is a long-time SEJ member who served on its board of directors for 14 years, including two stints as president. She co-chaired two SEJ annual conferences. Email Whetzel at sejournaleditor@sej.org.


Christine Woodside, Freelance Files Co-Editor

Christine Woodside is a journalist specializing in environment, American history and mountain adventure. She is the editor of Appalachia, a journal of mountaineering and conservation. Woodside writes for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team and many other outlets. Her 2019 series, "Legal But Tainted," on sewage overflows in Bridgeport, Conn. (supported by SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism), won one of Connecticut SPJ's Publick Occurrences Awards. Woodside earned a master’s degree in history from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Her book “Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books” (Arcade) traces the influence of the early libertarian political movement on the iconic children’s pioneer books. She teaches a journalism history course at UConn, where she was a visiting professor in 2020. She was a fellow with the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island and served on its advisory board for many years. Earlier she worked for newspapers, including The Day of New London, Connecticut. Her backcountry adventure experience includes thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. She has edited several books, including “New Wilderness Voices” (University Press of New England, 2017), reflecting her mission to help new writers. Email Woodside at christine.woodside@gmail.com.


Bob Wyss, EJ Academy Editor

Bob Wyss is a professor emeritus of journalism from the University of Connecticut, an author of three books and a former newspaper reporter and editor. Wyss taught courses in environmental journalism and other classes from 2002 to 2017 at UConn. During that time he wrote three books, “Covering the Environment,” the first textbook devoted to environmental journalism, “The Man Who Built the Sierra Club” and “Brimfield Rush.” He currently has a contract for his fourth book, “King Coal,” with the University of California Press. Prior to coming to Connecticut, Wyss worked for the Providence Journal in Providence, RI. He currently resides in Seattle. Email Wyss at bobwyss@gmail.com.


Robert McClure, Chair, Editorial Advisory Board

Robert McClure is a co-founder of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit newsroom in Seattle with a focus on the environment, public health and government accountability, and a track record of change-making journalism. He served as a reporter, executive director and executive editor between 2009 and 2021. A veteran newspaper reporter, McClure was a co-finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and winner of the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism. He also was the recipient of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship, which allowed him to undertake extensive studies at MIT, Harvard and the University of Michigan. A Florida native, McClure started his career at United Press International in Miami. Email McClure at sejournaleditor@sej.org.

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