Category: Journalism

Climate denial newspaper flourishes on Facebook

Read the full story at ClimateWire.

One of the most-viewed sites on Facebook in the last few months is a subscription page for a conservative media outlet that publishes climate denial.

The Epoch Times, a far-right newspaper that echoes anti-vaccine messages and promoted former President Trump’s false election claims, received 44.2 million views between April and June for a page that offers to sign up subscribers, according to a report released by Facebook last week.

Winners: SEJ 20th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment

The Society of Environmental Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment, which honor the best articles, radio broadcasts and videos released from February 1, 2020, through January 31, 2021, and the best books on environmental topics published in 2020.

The SEJ contest is the world’s largest and most comprehensive environmental journalism competition, with 433 entries in spite of reporters all over the world being grounded by the pandemic. Entries are judged by independent panels of journalists and professors.

Click on the links below to view the winners in each category.

Reporter’s Toolbox: Drilling for data on offshore wells

Read the full story from the Society for Environmental Journalists.

The decades-old controversy that has raged over offshore drilling flared anew recently as a federal judge blocked the Biden administration’s temporary halt to new leases on federal land (including those on the outer continental shelf).

So to help cover the ongoing debate, it may be useful to know about the database of information on offshore wells from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

While not all data about leasing and drilling on federal lands is available or easily accessible — this much is. And it can show some meaningful patterns and tell some meaningful stories.

Journalists can combat scientific misinformation with Science Pulse tool

Read the full story at the International Journalists Network.

Journalists in Brazil, Latin America and beyond are using an innovative new tool launched by an ICFJ Knight Fellow to combat misinformation and better report on the pandemic. Science Pulse, which makes it easier for reporters to find scientific experts and content, is the only tool of its kind designed expressly for journalists.

A project of ICFJ Knight Fellow Sérgio Spagnuolo, Science Pulse aggregates English, Spanish and Portuguese social media posts from scientists, scientific organizations and other experts in its database. Rather than wade through Twitter and Facebook feeds, journalists can now use Science Pulse’s tools to stay on top of the latest research and other scientific news shared on social media. Science Pulse offers users four main tools — a newsletter, website and Twitter and Telegram bots that automatically find and share prominent scientific news with users.

SEJ Webinar: Missing Stories — Uncovering Environment-Climate-Religion Connections

Watch the webinar recording.

When it comes to covering climate change and environmental crisis, journalists are missing a major hook: religion, faith and spirituality. Journalists on nearly every beat, along with every government department under the Biden Administration, are realizing that climate change is now too big a story to be siloed under “environment.” But as the conversation shifts, one major realm of human existence sits on the sidelines: how religion and spirituality shape the relationship between humans and their environment.

From environmental justice activism in communities of color to environmental humanities programs at Ivy League institutions, this link is being made, but rarely is this cross-fertilization well represented by media. The Religion & Environment Story Project (RESP) is launching to help journalists find these missing stories and tell them well — by opening applications for a new fellowship and by funding story grants through SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism.



  • Amanda Baugh, Author, “God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White” and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, California State University, Northridge. LinkedIn.
  • Sumanth Prabhaker, Editor, Orion Magazine; Advisory Board Member, Religion & Environment Story Project (RESP). LinkedIn.
  • Sigal Samuel, Staff Writer, Vox. @SigalSamuel

This innovative project fuses journalism and music to highlight lawlessness at sea

Read the full story from the World Economic Forum.

Environmental crimes and human rights abuses are rife at sea and their offshore status means they’re largely hidden from the world. The Outlaw Ocean Project is a journalistic non-profit that raises awareness about these crimes using both traditional and original models of storytelling. Sharing the soundtrack through streaming platforms widens the potential audience and opens up revenue channels to fund further investigations.

What’s peer review? 5 things you should know before covering research

Read the full story at The Journalist’s Resource.

Is peer-reviewed research really superior? Why should journalists note in their stories whether studies have been peer reviewed? We explain.

Walton Family Foundation launches environmental journalism initiative exploring how to support field at critical moment

Read the news release.

In advance of Earth Day, the Walton Family Foundation today announced a new initiative aimed at strengthening the field of environmental journalism. #HeresWhy seeks to explore the challenges facing environmental journalism, expand the audience for environmental news, and determine what role philanthropy can play in bolstering the field.

Forbes launches new sustainability channel and bolsters commitment to environmental journalism

Read the full story from Forbes.

Forbes, the world’s biggest business media brand, today announced the launch of a new editorial channel, Forbes Sustainability, dedicated to covering the most pressing issues related to climate change and sustainability.

Society of Environmental Journalists now accepting proposals for story grants of up to $5,000

The Society of Environmental Journalists is now accepting proposals for story grants of up to $5,000 on two topics:

Story projects that reflect diverse and inclusive perspectives (including, but not limited to, gender, racial, ethnic, religious, and economic diversity) and that reach local audiences are particularly encouraged.
The application portal is open now and proposals will be accepted until June 15, 2021. Proposals must include a brief narrative, dissemination plan, impact measurement plan, resume/CV, letter of support from editor(s), and budget (with a maximum stipend of $2000 per person). 
COVID-19 Changes: To address the current crisis, SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism has made some changes:

  • Stipends: Freelance journalists and directly employed staff at 501c3 news outlets can apply for stipends of up to $2000 per individual. Proposals that support multiple journalists are encouraged.
  • Travel: Any proposals that include travel funding must include an explanation of how the applicant will both (1) comply with current government travel restrictions and public health best practices and (2) ensure that the project can be completed within one year of grant award. Projects that are dependent on travel across national borders are discouraged, and will require additional justification or explanation.

Entry fees are waived for members of SEJ, members of the Religion News Association, and members of diversity journalism associations (e.g., NAHJ, NABJ, NAJA, AAJA, SAJA, NLGJA, and the Uproot Project). Non-members may apply with $40 fee. All applicants must meet SEJ’s membership eligibility requirements. Please review the complete guidelines before applying.

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