Hoorah! Basic Training on the E-Beat

Environmental Journalism Training
Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

Want a leg up on covering the world’s most important beat? Need to sharpen skills for analyzing data, interviewing scientists, understanding environmental policy, writing about complex environmental issues?

Reporters new to covering the environment and veterans looking to sharpen skills can get basic training in a one-two punch: Michigan State University’s EJ Boot Camp Oct. 12 to Oct. 15 followed by the Society of Environmental Journalists national conference Oct. 15 to Oct. 19.

Here’s how to get a concentrated dose of environmental journalism education this fall in Roanoke, Va. delivered by MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism:  Twenty-two print, broadcast, online journalists will be chosen in a competitive process. Freelancers are eligible.  Boot campers pay a $195 fee and are responsible for their own transportation to and from Roanoke and for meals during the SEJ conference.

This is what you get: Instruction, hotel and meals during the Oct. 12 to Oct. 15 boot camp; the pre-conference Covering Climate Change and Our Energy Future workshop; SEJ new membership or renewal; SEJ conference registration; hotel during the conference.

U.S. journalists of color can compete for full fellowships that also cover transportation to and from Roanoke.

Knight Center instructors, scientists, journalists and others will discuss computer-assisted reporting, interviewing, investigative techniques, ethics, current environmental issues. That’s followed by the SEJ national conference – the annual greatest concentration of the smartest reporters who cover the toughest beat. More on the conference: http://www.sej.org/confer/index1.htm

Boot Camp applications are at http://www.ej.msu.edu/bootcamp.php. Reporters new to covering the environment are strongly urged to apply. Veteran reporters are also considered. There is no application charge. Applications should be postmarked before July 28, 2008. Winners will be notified within two weeks after the deadline.

For information, visit http://ej.msu.edu/bootcamp.php or contact Knight Center Associate Director David Poulson, poulson@msu.edu, (517) 432 5417.
This program is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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