How Much Water Do You Use? Help ProPublica Investigate Water Use in the U.S.

Thirty-one states have water supplies dipping below normal. Droughts have formally been declared in 22 of them. How we use water has never been more important, especially in the American Southwest, where drought conditions are the most severe in a generation — and could last another 1,000 years.

The vast majority of the water we use goes toward generating power (41 percent) and nourishing agriculture (37 percent). But one in 12 gallons of water is consumed at home.

That’s a small but critically important slice of the water used to make the nation tick. And it’s a slice that every single person in the United States can directly control.

As part of a two-year project examining America’s water crisis, ProPublica is teaming up with CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism to gather data on how Americans use and consume water at home. We’d like to know what you use. Grab your water bill. Complete the ProPublica survey. We’ll tell you how you stack up to your neighbors.

John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism

The John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, which carries a $5,000 prize and plaque, is given annually for news reporting that makes an exceptional contribution to the public’s understanding of environmental issues. The award was founded in 1993 by Oakes’ family, friends and colleagues. It recognizes journalists whose work meets the highest standards of journalistic excellence, and it is presented in the fall at Columbia Journalism School.

SEJ Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment

The SEJ awards honor the best environmental journalism in seven categories: two Kevin Carmody Investigative categories, two Beat categories, a Feature Story category, a Rachel Carson Book award, and a category for Outstanding Photojournalism. $500 is offered for first-place winners in each of the categories.

Applications due April 1.

LA Times seeks National Energy and Environment Writer

The Los Angeles Times is looking for an accomplished writer to explore energy and environment in the West. The future of the western landscape and the scope and consequences of America’s growing energy independence are among the most important issues affecting the future of our region, and they are being decided now.

This reporter should have a strong familiarity with public lands policy, environmental regulation, energy development and water resource allocation, as well as with the complicated politics and economics that drive decision-making on these often-combative issues. The successful candidate will be able to dig deeply and write memorably on topics that are often dismissed as important but arcane. Strong digital skills are essential.

This is a job for an energetic reporter who wants to lead the pack in breaking important news, but who also has the resourcefulness to pursue investigations, and the style to craft profiles and narratives that will help shape the public debate. This is an opportunity and a challenge to do distinguished work.

This position is funded with a grant from the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism, and will most likely be based in Denver.

Interested candidates should contact Kim Murphy, assistant managing editor for foreign and national news.

The Grist Fellowship Program

Contact: No phone calls, please and thank you.

Want to grow as a journalist while absorbing a universe of green knowledge? Apply for the Grist Fellowship Program. We are an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. At Grist, green isn’t about hugging trees or hiking — it’s about using humor and real talk to connect big issues like climate change to the places where people live, work, and play.

What is the Grist Fellowship Program?
The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your knowledge of environmental issues. We’re looking for early-career journalists with a variety of skills, from traditional reporting to multimedia whizbangery. We will offer exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional office chili cook-off.

What is expected of the fellows?
Fellows will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) research, reporting, story ideas, writing, and multimedia experiments. Working closely with the fellowship program manager, each fellow will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and laugh politely (or heartily, depending on the circumstances) at all your jokes.

What are the details?
Fellows work out of Grist’s Seattle office. Fellows must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,250 per month. In special cases the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

Who should apply?
Any curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a storyteller. We are looking for writers, reporters, and editors, as well as all-stars in fields such as video, audio, and data visualization. Our primary subject areas are climate and energy, food, cities, science and technology, pop culture, and environmental justice. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in journalism.

Where do I apply?

For fellowships that begin July/August 2015, please submit applications by March 30, 2015.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship

Application deadline: May 1, 2015
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WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Fellowships were established in 2000. The next program will be held from September 13-18, 2015. The OSJ program is designed to introduce science journalists to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging fields of oceanography and ocean engineering.

Through seminars, laboratory visits, and brief field expeditions, Ocean Science Journalism Fellows gain access to new research findings and to fundamental background information in engineering, marine biology, geology and geophysics, marine chemistry and geochemistry, and physical oceanography. Topics range from harmful algal blooms to deep-sea hydrothermal vents; from seafloor earthquakes to ice-sheet dynamics; from the ocean’s role in climate change to the human impact on fisheries and coastline change; from ocean instruments and observatories to underwater robots.

Our program is a one-week, residential experience open to professional writers, producers, and editors working for print, broadcast, radio, and Internet media. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of writing, producing, or editing experience for a general-interest audience. Freelancers, book authors, and writers from nontraditional media may also be considered, but should be able to show a substantial portfolio of work.

All fellows receive a travel allowance, as well as room and board for one week. International journalists are welcome to apply.

Application Information
We are now accepting applications. All applications and supporting materials must arrive by mail no later than May 1, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to apply early!

Please note that you still need to mail hard copies of writing samples after you complete the online application form.

Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado

Applications are being accepted for the 2015/2016 Ted Scripps Fellowships in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The deadline is March 1st.

The fellowships, hosted by the Center for Environmental Journalism, are a nine-month academic program that helps professional journalists acquire knowledge necessary for covering the environment more effectively. Scripps fellows audit classes, conduct in-depth research, and reflect on critical questions without the pressure of deadlines. The program begins in late August and ends in early May.

Five fellows are chosen each year and receive a stipend of $50,000 for the nine months. The program is open to full-time journalists in all media, whether on staff or freelance. To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum of five years full-time professional journalism experience, and have completed an undergraduate degree.

For more information about the program, eligibility requirements, and the application process, please go to the fellowships page of the Center for Environmental Journalism website (–cej–cu-boulder.html).