About SEJournal Online

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SEJournal Online is the digital news magazine of the Society of Environmental Journalists, relaunched online in 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 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.

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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Want To Join Our Team?

SEJournal regularly seeks volunteer editors to help with existing or new columns and other responsibilities. Time commitment: For column editing, typically 4-6 hours per quarter, depending on the column frequency, plus an occasional editor check-in. If you're interested in more details or in volunteering, contact Editor Adam Glenn at sejournaleditor@sej.org.

SEJournal Online Masthead

Editor and Editorial Director, Publications: A. Adam Glenn
Associate Editor & Features: Frances Backhouse
TipSheet, Toolbox, Backgrounder & WatchDog Opinion: Joseph A. Davis
BookShelf: Tom Henry, Co-Editor Open
EJ Academy: Bob Wyss, Emilia Askari
EJ Insight: Open
FEJ StoryLog: Carolyn Whetzel, Co-Editor Open
Freelance Files: Christine Woodside, Co-Editor Open
Inside Story: Rocky Kistner, Co-Editor Open
Contributing Editors: Cheryl Hogue, Melody Kemp, Jennifer Weeks
Copy Editor: Cindy MacDonald


SEJ Editorial Advisory Board

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.



Emilia Askari, EJ Academy Co-Editor

Emilia Askari teaches environmental journalism at the University of Michigan, and recently completed a Ph.D. in educational technology. She was a founding member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, serving as the organization’s second president. A former reporter for the Detroit Free Press, the Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Askari has won many journalism prizes and fellowships. She co-chaired two SEJ annual conferences, including the 2018 conference in Flint, Michigan. Askari previously served as SEJournal Inside Story co-editor from 2020 to 2022. Email Askari at sejournaleditor@sej.org.



Frances Backhouse, Associate Editor & Features

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.


A. Adam Glenn, Editor and Editorial Director, Publications

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.


Rocky Kistner, Inside Story Co-Editor

Rocky Kistner

Rocky Kistner is an independent environmental journalist based near Washington, D.C. Over the past four decades, he has produced environmental stories as a producer/reporter for The Center for Investigative Reporting, ABC News, PBS Frontline, Marketplace public radio and NRDC’s onEarth, as well as freelancing for other outlets. He publishes stories on his website www.TheRockyFiles.org and on Twitter @therockyfiles. Email Kistner at sejournaleditor@sej.org



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 Co-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.


Cheryl Hogue, Contributing 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.


Melody Kemp, Contributing Editor (BookShelf)

Melody Kemp is a freelancer who has lived in and written from Asia for more than 30 years.


Jennifer Weeks, Contributing Editor (BookShelf)

Jennifer Weeks is senior environment and energy editor at The Conversation U.S. and a former SEJ board member.


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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