Coverage: SEJ's 32nd Annual Conference

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SEJ's 32nd annual conference took place April 19-23, 2023, hosted by Boise State University. Below, you'll find multimedia coverage provided by SEJ, volunteers and conference attendees.

NOTE: This page is a work-in-progress and will be for quite some time!

All available audio and video recordings are posted on this page. The three sessions below had no or poor audio quality due to technical issues or speakers not using the microphones. If you should have a recording of any and would be willing to share, please contact Cindy MacDonald:

  • Wildlife Corridors Are Having a Moment
  • How To Be an Ally for Environmental Journalists of Color
  • Getting Past Greenwashing

Additional coverage:

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Wednesday, April 19
Thursday, April 20
Friday, April 21
Saturday, April 22
Sunday, April 23
Sunday-Wednesday, April 23-26 (post-conference tour)
Miscellaneous conference coverage (includes pre-conference and multi-session stories)



Wednesday, April 19


Workshop 1. Covering Biodiversity: Saving All the Parts


Workshop 2. Covering Watersheds As Connected Systems

  • Audio recording, 8:45 a.m. panel, "Lay of the Land: Watersheds Governance and Power Structures" (01:04:44 / 29.69MB).
  • Audio recording, 10:15 a.m. panel, "Emerging Watershed Challenges: Climate, Contaminants and More" (01:23:56 / 38.48MB).
  • Audio recording, Lunch panel, "Collaborative Approaches to Watersheds Coverage" (00:28:14/ 12.98MB).
  • "A Watershed Moment for River Systems," The Maine Monitor, April 30, 2023, by Annie Ropeik.
  • "Watershed Management and the Columbia River Basin," Idaho Matters/Boise State Public Radio, April 18, 2023, by Samantha Wright — an interview with panel "Lay of the Land: Watersheds Governance and Power Structures" speaker Mary Lou Soscia, former Columbia River Restoration Program Manager, Region 10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (retired).
  • Event description.


Opening Reception and Dinner: Welcome to Boise!

Idaho environmental journalist Rocky Barker (left) and Shannon Wheeler, vice-chair of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. © Photo courtesy of Boise State University. See more photos of this event on our public Flickr page.


Thursday, April 19


All-Day Tour 2. Saving Raptors: Habitat, Humans and Harm


All-Day Tour 5. Ranching With Wolves: Can Humans and Predators Coexist?


All-Day Tour 6. Not Your Grandparent's Mining: Innovations in Resource Extraction

Image of Opening Plenary panelists
© Photo courtesy of tour leader Troy Oppie. See more photos of this tour on our public Flickr page.


All-Day Tour 7. Agriculture, Climate Change and the Lives of Farmworkers


All-Day Tour 8. What Happens in Idaho Doesn't Stay in Idaho: From the Mountains to the Orcas Downstream in Puget Sound and the Pacific


Afternoon Tour 6. Advancing Nature-Based Solutions in Idaho


Friday, April 21


Opening Plenary: Clean Energy and the Land — The High-Stakes Battle Over Climate Solutions

L-R: Moderator Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times energy reporter; Shannon Eddy, Large-scale Solar Association executive director; Idaho Conservation League executive director Justin Hayes; BLM director Tracy Stone-Manning; Shannon Wheeler, vice-chairman, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee; and UC Santa Barbara Environmental Studies assistant professor Grace Wu. © Society of Environmental Journalists.



Concurrent Sessions 1. The Hunt for Critical Minerals, From California's Brine Fields to the Deep Ocean



Concurrent Sessions 1. Public Trust and Water Rights in the West



Concurrent Sessions 1. Ethically Covering Tribal Issues and Traditional Knowledge



Concurrent Sessions 1. Journalism Toolkits 201: New Approaches to FOIA and Tech Tools



Concurrent Sessions 1. Doing the (Surprising) Math on Western Wildfires



Concurrent Sessions 1. How Culture Reporting Can Help Climate News Reach a Wider Audience



Concurrent Sessions 1. Climate Displacement, Migration and White Nationalism



Concurrent Sessions 2. Bugs, Disease and the West: A New Era in Human Health



Concurrent Sessions 2. Utilities 101: Not Just a Business Beat



Concurrent Sessions 2. Connecting Extreme Weather and Climate Change



Concurrent Sessions 2. When the Smoke Clears: Forests, Carbon and Climate



Concurrent Sessions 2. Trauma-Informed Climate Journalism



Concurrent Sessions 2. Salmon and Their Many Dam Problems



Concurrent Sessions 2. In a Changing Climate, Boom and Bust in Bering Sea Fisheries



Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Keynote and Q&A

L-R: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland; moderator Deb Krol, Indigenous Affairs Reporter – Climate, Culture & Commerce, The Arizona Republic; DOI Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Management and Budget Joan Mooney; Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Martha Williams. © Society of Environmental Journalists. See more photos of this event on our public Flickr page.



Beat Dinner 10. A Changing Political Climate: How Climate Policy Will Shape Local and National Elections



Saturday, April 22


Concurrent Sessions 3. Not So Sleepy FERC’s Green Energy Push



Concurrent Sessions 3. Navigating Newsrooms: A Guide For Early-Career Environmental Journalists



Concurrent Sessions 3. Adjusting the Focus: How To Tell Climate Stories to Both Local and National Audiences



Concurrent Sessions 3. Clean Energy Next Gen



Concurrent Sessions 3. Flood Watch: Reporting on Historic Transformations in Flood Risk Management



Concurrent Sessions 3. Getting Social Without Getting Conned



Concurrent Sessions 3. Weaving the Personal Into the Global and Political: Environmental Stories Close to the Bone



Concurrent Sessions 3. Lawyering Up: Environmental Lawyers As Essential Sources and What They're Tracking



Concurrent Sessions 4. Getting Past Greenwashing



Concurrent Sessions 4. The Problems With Solutions Journalism



Concurrent Sessions 4. Reporting on the Rights-of-Nature Movement



Concurrent Sessions 4. Covering Gas and Air Quality Inside the Home



Concurrent Sessions 4. Up in Smoke: Covering Wildfire's Impacts on Air Quality and Climate Change



Concurrent Sessions 4. Covering Climate in the Statehouse



Concurrent Sessions 4. How To Include Environmental Justice in Climate Stories



Concurrent Sessions 4. Podcasting Across Divides and in Community



Lunch Plenary: Covering Gender and Environment Connections, at Home and Abroad

L-R: Moderator Jen Christensen, Writer/Producer, CNN's Health & Climate Unit and National Board Secretary, NLGJA the LGBTQ Journalists Association; Lorena Aguilar, Executive Director, Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls; Jina Dhillon, Director of Technical Excellence, Ipas; Ally Orr, Business Intelligence Analyst, Applied Materials and Founder, Women in STEM, Medicine, and Law Scholarship; and Amy Westervelt, Editor-in-Chief, Critical Frequency.





Environment in Fiction

  • Audio recording (01:13:37 / 29.55MB). Note: The recording of this program was interrupted as a question was asked. The question they are responding to when the program returns is, “Do you include a part of you in your books?”
  • Event description.



Sunday-Wednesday, April 23-26


Post-Conference Tour. Beyond Yellowstone: Connecting Divided Landscapes



Miscellaneous conference coverage (includes multi-session and 'informed-by-the-conference' stories)

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