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Leah Lamb

Leah Lamb

Posted: January 15, 2010 04:11 PM

Tits and Ass or Climate Change? Welcoming the Environmental Journalist to the Endangered Species List

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I came up with the idea for this piece when a talented and dedicated journalist who covered the policy beat in DC was let go from her job. It was one more drop in the bucket that demonstrated the state of online journalism.

I think it's endearing when someone calls me a journalist. However if forced to categorize, I would place myself in the informed environmental enthusiast bucket. Journalists are a unique brand who dedicate their lives to a craft. While it excites me to see the 6,000 or so bloggers talking about the environment, it is a different beast (opinion vs researched information).

I liken environmental journalists to national parks, you might not always want to visit, but you always want to know that they are there for you.

If you are still looking for something to add to your new year's resolution list, (make sure I introduce myself to 10 new journalists covering the environmental beat); Below is a list of journalists suggested by the Society of Environmental Journalism. Also included are journalists who were suggested via twitter and facebook:

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
Dina Cappiello, Associated Press,
Ken Weiss, Los Angeles Times
Anne Thompson, NBC Nightly News
Marla Cone, EnvironmentalHealthNews.org (previously w/ LA Times, also a book author)
Robert McClure, InvestigateWest (invw.org) (previously w/ Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Beth Daley, Boston Globe
Tom Knudson, Sacramento Bee
Denis Dimick, National Geographic
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
Tom Farenthold, Washington Post
Perry Beeman, Des Moines Register
James Bruggers, Louisville Courier-Journal
Tom Henry, Toledo Blade
Vince Patton, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Steve Curwood, "Living on Earth" from National Public Radio
Jeff Burnside, NBC 10 Miami
Abrahm Lustgarten, Pro Publica
Ken Ward, Charleston Gazette (WV)
Hal Bernton, Seattle Times
Dan Grossman, Independent Journalist (DanGrossmanMedia.com)
Peter Fairley, Independent Journalist (http://www.fairley.ca)
Gary Braasch, Photojournalist (http://www.braaschphotography.com/)
Tom Meersman, Minneapollis Star Tribune

We also called out to our Twitter followers, our Facebook friends, Current Green community members to see who they recommended, and this is who they recommend:

Ken Ward - Writes for the Charleston Gazette in West Virginia and focuses heavily on the mining industry - particularly with coal. He writes pieces often and you can keep up to date with his blog on the Charleston Gazette website.

Keith Johnson - Johnson is the lead writer for The Wall Street Journal's Environmental Capital, which focuses on daily news and analysis of the shifting energy and environmental landscape. Being a part of The Wall Street Journal, Johnson focuses on environmental business as well.

Brian Angliss - Angliss is an electrical engineer working in aerospace ad and is a bonafide member of the Society for Environmental Journalists. He is also the founding member of Scholars and Rogues and writes mostly on climate, energy and science in general. Check out one of my favorite pieces he did this summer over at SolveClimate.com.

John Fleck - Fleck is a writer for the Albuquerque Journal in the Science and Technology section and covers everything from Clean Air to Environmental Politics. You can check out his postings on his blog.

Darren Samuelsohn - is the senior writer at Environment and Energy Publishing, which publishes Greenwire, E+E Daily, ClimateWire and a whole host of other environmental areas as well. He is seen as a force of nature in coverage of environmental issues on Capitol Hill.

Josh Harkinson - Before becoming the West Coast reporter for Mother Jones, Harkinson spent three years as a staff writer and the Houston Press. Writes about natural resource issues, digital democracy, and the environment. Check out his cool piece on your "Water Footprint."

Kenneth Weiss - Writes for the LA Times and worked with Usha McFarling, also of the LA Times, on a Pulitzer Prize winning piece entitled "Altered Oceans," a five part series on the environmental crisis taken place in our Earth's seas.

Andrew Revkin - Writer for The New York Times and covers nearly ever topic of environmental issues from the skepticisms of global warming to the weakness of NASA temperature data and ties it all together nicely on the Dot Earth blog over at the NYTimes.com.

Juliet Eilperin - Eilperin is a writer for The Washington Post and appears regularly for the Huffington Post. She focuses mainly on science, policy and politics in the filed of climate change, oceans and air quality.

Elizabeth Kolbert - Kolbert is a writer for The New Yorker and covers everything from book reviews to comment pieces, but she has also done extensive writing on climate change. She has also appeared in Grist.com and Yale's Environment 360.

David Fahrenthold - A writer for the Washington Post, writes extensively on Environmental Groups and the EPA. He wrote a piece back in September that we really liked about pollution and children.

Kate Sheppard - Formally of Grist.com. She has some of the strongest federal climate policy coverage out there, and while it seems that she had taken some time off, she is back at it with some great pieces on the climate change debate.


While the concept of the Adopt an Endangered Journalist program is a sad joke, there are things to get involved to support the field of environmental journalism. The Society of Environmental Journalists has the following program:

The Fund for Environmental Journalism "to provide incentive and support to qualified journalists and news organizations to enhance the quantity and quality of credible environmental journalism reaching mass audiences in the United States. Funds will be used to underwrite expenses of worthy environmental journalism projects and ideas, as determined by an independent jury of news professionals, appointed by the SEJ board of directors. " To donate to SEJ and The Fund for Environmental Journalism go to http://www.sej.org/get-involved/donate And in case you are still hungry for more~

The Society for Environmental Journalists award winners from 2008 and 2009:

http://www.sej.org/initiatives/awards/sej-7th-annual-contest-winners

http://www.sej.org/initiatives/winners-sej-8th-annual-awards

 

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