Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)

From Colorado Contrasts to SEJ Shifts

The Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual conference in Colorado this fall will bring attendees to a state rich in contrasts and storytelling fodder. At the same time, SEJ itself is readying for seismic shifts. SEJ President Bobby Magill shares firsthand knowledge of the Square State, plus a look into changes for the organization, in his latest quarterly report.

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Is Your Favorite River Endangered? Check the List.

The latest release of the annual endangered rivers list provides boatloads of environmental reporting angles, including climate change-related threats like flooding and drought. This week’s TipSheet has the backstory and the new top-10 list, plus 10 suggested starting points for stories and a half-dozen key reporting resources.

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Straddling the Climate and Policy Divide: A Colorado Journalists’ Roundtable

On May 3, 2019 at the CSU Denver Center, SEJ hosted a robust journalists' panel and public discussion on Colorado's challenges and opportunities regarding droughts, wildfires, climate change, energy production, decarbonization and more. The event included an interview with Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office (pictured).

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August 12, 2019 to August 19, 2019

Yellowstone River Field Institute

Sharpen your skills in telling effective and compelling stories via Montana-based Freeflow Institute's intensive issues-based journalistic exploration of the issues facing public lands, communities and ecosystems in the Yellowstone region. Co-hosted by freelance writers/photographers Alexis Bonogofsky and Elliott Woods. Some scholarships available; apply by Apr 15.

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May 3, 2019

Straddling the Climate and Policy Divide: A Colorado Journalists’ Roundtable

Join SEJ at the CSU Denver Center, 3:30-6:30 p.m. MT, for this robust journalists' panel and public discussion on Colorado's challenges and opportunities regarding droughts, wildfires, climate change, energy production, decarbonization and more, including an interview with Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office.

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Can States Divvy Up the Shrinking Colorado River Water Supply?

The vast Colorado River, recently in the news over a troubled drought deal, is at the heart of numerous environmental problems in the American West, where water is scarce and the legal complexities of water rights voluminous. The latest Issue Backgrounder offers an explainer on the story, which involves at least seven states, the federal government, Native American tribes, a hornet’s nest of irrigation districts and even Mexico.

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