SEJ Reporting Fund Awards $14,886 for 10 Projects in Summer 2011

October 3, 2011 — The Society of Environmental Journalists announces 10 grants totaling $14,886 for winning journalism projects in the Summer 2011 cycle of SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism. Congratulations to:


Adrianne Appel, West Medford, MA, USA, $1,336 for travel costs to produce a story in multimedia on the environmental impact of the fish industry in Florida

Links to some completed articles:

"Profile of a Zebra Fish Expert", Boston Globe, Jun. 6, 2012

"Genetically Modified Pet Fish Worries Florida Environmentalists",, Sept. 4, 2012

More articles by Adrianne Appel:



Kiera Butler, San Francisco, CA, USA, $2,500 for travel costs to conduct a comprehensive journalistic investigation into environmental and health implications of global mining of rare earths, resulting in print and online news series



Lorie Hearn (Executive Director) and Watchdog Institute at San Diego State University, School of Journalism and Media Studies, San Diego, CA, USA, $1,000 towards travel and web development costs to produce public broadcasting and online journalism on water scarcity and the impact on water quality of pollution, sewage and land development in the U.S. and Mexico



Colleen Kimmett, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, $850 for travel costs to produce published articles for Pacific Northwest print journals and websites on the topic of hydroelectric development in British Columbia, currently 95% of electricity source, as glaciers melt

Colleen's article, "Glaciers, BC Hydro's Melting 'Batteries'," was published on on Feb. 6, 2012; it also appeared on on Feb. 16, 2012.



James Robbins

James F. Robbins, Helena, MT, USA, $2,000 for travel costs to produce print and online journalism on the ecology of emerging infectious disease around the world

Mr. Robbins' work resulted in two articles in the New York Times, both in the online and print editions, one of them an 1,800-word piece from the cover of the Sunday Review, "The Ecology of Disease," published July 14, 2012, and the other 1,200 words in the Science Times, "In Wild Animals, Charting the Pathways of Disease," published May 28, 2012.






Steven Douglas Rubin, University Park, PA, USA, $1,700 for travel costs to produce a documentary for print and online media on the topic of wind, land and power transformation in the Heartland



Molly Samuel, San Francisco, CA, USA, $1,000 for editing and audio engineering costs to produce a radio documentary and blog on species endangerment due to habitat destruction in California



Sarah Terry-Cobo and Center for Investigative Reporting, Oakland, CA, USA, $1,500 for editing and animation costs to produce a video series on environmental-news websites about externalized costs of everyday objects used by people around the world




Stefano Valentino, Rome, Italy, $2,000 for travel costs to conduct investigative reporting on the Kyoto Protocol and scandal in the global carbon market, resulting in a multimedia story for print and online news sources

Stefano Valentino
(photo credit Flickr: Global X)

Link to article: "Why 'Good' Companies Embrace 'Bad' Credits," was published on Christian Science Monitor's online news site on Apr. 23, 2012. A longer version was published on Inter Press Service (IPS). Reporting Europe Prize 2013 named him to the Highly Commended list for this journalism.

Stefano is also developing an international independent reporting platform on green globalization, through which environmental reporters from any country will be able to pitch, crowdsource and disseminate their stories.



Lee van der Voo and LVDV Enterprises, Inc., Portland, OR, USA, $1,000 for travel and information-access costs to produce a magazine story on the topic of grassroots activism around herbicides in Oregon. Her article, "Rise of the Pitchforkers: Can a group of protesters waving farm implements bring about new rules for pesticide use?" was published on on Feb. 27, 2012.


To learn more about the FEJ grant program, including applicant eligibility and submission guidelines, or to see information and links about past grants, please go to the Fund for Environmental Journalism web page.

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