Joseph Davis (above), freelance journalist and SEJ WatchDog Project Director/TipSheet Editor, along with the AP's David Pace, teach the craft of "Exploiting Databases" during SEJ's 2007 annual conference in Stanford, CA.
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
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
Each conference presents an
opportunity to meet with other
journalists, sit in on training writing
and computer workshops, attend panel
sessions where current issues are debated
by experts, policy-makers and experienced
reporters from all types of media. The
annual conference also takes journalists
out into the field, with full-day or
half-day tours to environmental hotspots
where issues may be explored on site with
experts on hand to present sides and
SEJ annual conferences have
drawn an array of fascinating keynote and plenary
Participants in 2007 Saturday mini-tour "Driving the Future: From Cellulosic Ethanol to Plug-In Hybrids" watch as Pacific Gas & Electric staff demonstrate how its Prius "Sparky" returns electricity to the grid. Photo by Charlotte Kidd.
Heidi Cullen, climate expert, The Weather Channel; Gail Kimbell, chief, U.S. Forest Service; Stephen Schneider, Stanford University climatologist and member of the Nobel PP-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and George Shultz, Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford distinguished fellow, Hoover Institution (2007)
Ben Cohen, co-founder, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream; Dean Kamen, inventor, and founder/president, DEKA Research & Development Corporation; Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT); and Marc Morano, communications director, U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (2006)
Molly Ivins, author, and columnist, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Bill Moyers, broadcast journalist, and president, Schumann Center for Media and Democracy; and Congressman Richard Pombo, chairman, House Resources Committee, U.S House of Representatives (2005)
Devra Davis, author, and director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; attorney and environmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; and U.S. EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt (2004)
Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana
Universities Marine Consortium, and former SEJ
board member and director of risk communication
for the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, David
Ehrlich, the widely quoted Stanford
biologist whose focus has been on
population issues, and former Sen. Gaylord Nelson,
founder of Earth Day and counsel to
The Wilderness Society (2002)
primatologist, conservation biologist
and President of Conservation
International, and Gale Norton, U.S.
Secretary of the Interior (2001)
author Bill McKibben, and
Canadian scientist and broadcast
journalist David Suzuki (2000)
David Brower (1999)
biologist Sylvia Earle, and Ted Turner (1998)
UNEP Under Secretary-General
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Vice President Al Gore and E.O.
U.S. DOE Secretary Hazel
U.S. EPA Administrator Carol
SEJ's 18th Annual
Conference took place October 15-19, 2008, in Roanoke, Virginia. The conference
was hosted by Virginia Tech.
You can view the conference coverage and agenda, learn about the
download audio files (soon) of select sessions
The 19th Annual
Conference will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 7-11, 2009.
Looking ahead: For our 20th Annual Conference, October 13-17, 2010, our host is the University of Montana-Missoula.
Details about future annual
conferences are posted here about six months
before each conference.
Information about past SEJ annual
conferences is also available.
SEJ's regional conferences
sprout up wherever enthusiastic and
energetic SEJ members join together to
organize an event. These events range
from three-day sessions including panels
and keynoters to simple beer-and-pizza
meetings with local experts or policy
makers willing to spend a few hours with
a handful of journalists. If you're an
SEJ member and want to organize an SEJ
event, click here.
SEJ regionals are organized to
reach journalists and educators. Membership in SEJ
includes discounts on event registration fees as well as
many other benefits. For more
information about joining SEJ, click here.
For full details on upcoming
regional events, please visit this
Information about selected past SEJ
regional conferences is also
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