SEJ Reporting Fund Awards $7,500 for 5 Projects in the Winter 2010 Cycle

Funded Projects from the Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) Winter 2010 Grant Cycle


January 13, 2011 — The Society of Environmental Journalists is proud to announce the winners of partial project funding through the Fund for Environmental Journalism’s second round of grant making. $7,500 in five awards distributed this month will support travel, website development, graphics, photos and video for multimedia, radio, online and book projects submitted by independent journalists and new media ventures in Florida, California, New York and North Carolina.

Journalists and projects receiving partial funding from SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism Winter 2010 cycle included:


Amy Gahran, Oakland Local, Oakland, CA, $1,000 for costs of social networking-based reporting to track West Oakland toxics issues


Roberto Guerra, San Diego, CA, and John Gibler, Oakland, CA, $1900 for costs of on-site print and multimedia reporting in Peru's Amazon Basin documenting the impacts of the soon-to-be-completed Transoceanic Highway

  • The March/April 2013 issue of Orion Magazine featured a photo essay from the FEJ-funded project, and a short accompanying essay: "The Road: A South American highway forever alters a region." In Fall 2012 Mr. Guerra was selected as a Blue Earth Alliance project photographer for the project, and it was featured on the NPR Picture Show blog in Spring 2013. Additional project images may be found on the journalist's personal website.


Lindsay Konkel, New York, NY, $300 for travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to report on a proposed copper and nickel mine


Sue Sturgis, Institute for Southern Studies / Facing South, Durham, NC, $1,800 for travel to investigate the influence of energy interests on U.S. energy policy in the Gulf of Mexico


Mc Nelly Torres, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR), North Miami, FL, $2,500 for costs of multimedia reporting on a project on water issues in Florida

  • Featured report by M.C. Moewe was published on the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting public interest website on December 16, 2011. An earlier report by McNelly Torres and Trevor Aaronson, published on the FCIR in November 2011, was featured on NPR (WUSF 89.7 News) in the same month, and all related stories are slated to appear in early 2012 in the Miami Herald and other English- and Spanish-language publications.


SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism was established in 2009 by the SEJ board of directors and funded through board set-aside of SEJ earned income and gifts from individuals like you. The organization is seeking foundation funding and new gifts from individuals to underwrite future rounds.  Thanks for your help in spreading the word.

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