Journalism & Media

Solar Power, the Community Way

The energy transition imperative to move from fossil fuels toward renewable energies could leave out individual homeowners unable to install rooftop solar. But as the latest TipSheet points out, there’s an alternative: community solar. Good local reporting is needed to demystify it though. The backstory, plus more than a dozen story ideas and reporting resources.

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April 6, 2024

#SEJ2024 Closing Plenary: Battling Disinformation, Fending Off Despair and Staying Relevant — What’s the Future for Environmental Journalism?

Join the livestream of the #SEJ2024 closing plenary exploring hoiw to combat the ever-present climate disinformation and consider evolving views on journalistic objectivity. We’ll consider how to cope with the feeling of despair, and at how some journalists and outlets have created new business models to fund their journalism. 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET.

April 5, 2024

#SEJ2024 Opening Plenary: Election 2024 — How Will Climate Change Matter?

Join the livestream of the #SEJ2024 opening plenary on how the 2024 election is likely to dominate coverage across local, regional and national newsrooms. 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET.


#SEJ2024 LIVE: On-the-Ground Coverage from Reporters in Our Inaugural Student Newsroom

As part of a new initiative for the Society of Environmental Journalists' 2024 annual conference in Philadelphia, PA, from April 3-7, the SEJ Publications team has organized an inaugural student newsroom to provide running coverage throughout the conference and beyond.

Numerous sessions and workshops touched on issues ranging from climate, war and migration to sustainable foods, just transitions and watershed solutions, with viewpoints from luminary scientists and top government officials, plus experts, activists and leading environment reporters. Explore on-the-spot writeups and images from our student reporters.

SEJ Sessions and Workshops: Climate Disinformation | Environmental Consequences of War | Climate Migration Reporting | Rural Reporting | Sustainable Food Systems | Whistleblower Stories | Just Transition for Oil Towns | Watersheds | More

Plus, hundreds of attendees crisscrossed the region on a series of day-long tours, with our student reporters going along for the ride. On-the-scene reporting and images from our student newsroom:

SEJ Tours: From Farmbelt to Pinelands | Revolutionary Raptors | Climate Challenges on Delaware Bayshore | Gap Over Future of Delaware Water Gap | Delaware's ‘Holy Trinity’

Also see’s multimedia coverage, including audio recordings of most conference sessions and videos of the plenary sessions. And view other #SEJ2024 resources, like Instagram highlights and coverage stories.

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"Chevron Owns This City’s News Site. Many Stories Aren’t Told."

"The oil and gas company-owned Richmond Standard tells mostly positive stories about the major industry that dominates this California city and its skyline."

Source: Floodlight/NPR, 03/29/2024

Award-Winning Beat Reporting Highlights Legacy of Environmental Racism

Top-flight regional reporting (and data analysis) that explored inequities between Black and white communities around Baltimore, Maryland, yielded journalist Scott Dance a wide range of stories — and a first-place prize in the most recent awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Dance, now on the climate desk for The Washington Post shares insights from the beat in the new Inside Story.

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"Nations Are Undercounting Emissions, Putting UN Goals at Risk"

"Because of lax rules, national inventories reported to the United Nations grossly underestimate many countries’ greenhouse gas emissions. The result, analysts say, is that the world can not verify compliance with agreed emissions targets, jeopardizing global climate agreements."

Source: YaleE360, 03/25/2024

Finding Your Way Through the Forest of Forest Data

Forests are full of environmental stories, from timber sales and wildlife habitat to climate change and hunting. And for reporters in search of resources to report them, the U.S. Forest Service offers an immense array of datasets to match the hundreds of millions of acres of land under its domain. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox gets you started on using the vast Forest Service data collection.

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