In 2020, SEJ launched its first webinar series. All webinars are recorded, so if you can't join live, you can view it later.
Below you'll find SEJ's webinars, as well as those co-hosted by SEJ.
Covering the Environment Using Google Tools for Journalists
Dec 15, 16 and 17, 2020
SEJ and The Resilience Media Project of Columbia University's Earth Institute hosted Google News Labs’ Maggie Farley (pictured, right) for a quick tour of Google’s new tools for journalists, with a particular focus on environmental journalism. Participants learned how to find and analyze data, then learned how to tell stories using clear, powerful data visualization tools. Use Pinpoint to instantly find connections in documents. And use Google Earth and other tools to create historical time lapses to show environmental change over time. Recording and coverage will be posted when available. Event details.
Post-Election Reality Check — A Green Recovery for All?
Nov 24, 2020
With the 2020 election results in, environmental journalists want to know what’s on the agenda for the next four years. Environmental advocates are calling for a green recovery that ensures pandemic responses and economic relief programs address the risks and impact of climate change. Racial justice advocates insist that this cannot be accomplished without a focus on equity. But what is feasible, given the impact of the escalating pandemic on people’s health and livelihoods? What will the new administration seek to do, how will Republicans respond and what will be the impact on Americans and the world? The sixth #SEJ2020 webinar was for journalists seeking to report on the connections between climate, COVID-19 and the economy. All journalists welcome. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Covering Climate, COVID-19 and the Election — Opinion Polls and Voters’ Guides on Environmental Issues
Oct 28, 2020
The results of the turbulent 2020 elections will have critically important consequences for voters concerned about the environment. With Election Day around the corner, the Society of Environmental Journalists hosted this fifth #SEJ2020 webinar with environmental pollsters, advocates and reporters who discussed what’s at stake this November and what role environmental issues are playing in the final stretches of this unique and unpredictable campaign season. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities
Sep 3, 2020
The Society of Environmental Journalists and the Earth Institute of Columbia University hosted "Reckoning" authors Candis Callison and Mary Lynn Young, along with Navajo Times reporter Donovan Quintero, for an in-depth discussion of how journalists and educators can act to change the culture of journalism and journalism education to embrace a more situated and systemic journalism. Webinar details, recording, blog post and diversity resources.
Covering Climate, COVID-19 and the Economy: Is a Green Recovery Possible?
July 16, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to consume our daily lives and economies, governments and leaders are calling for a “green recovery.” The vision is bold, but will it work? With economies opening up and emissions once again rising, we face decisions about infrastructure, industry and regulation that will have enduring impacts on our climate and our health. What do journalists need to know to cover these decisions and help the public understand the options and tradeoffs? The fourth #SEJ2020 webinar was for journalists seeking a report on the connections between climate, COVID-19 and the economy, and the potential for a green recovery. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Covering Climate, COVID-19 and Environmental Justice: A Journalists' Roundtable
July 8, 2020
Through reporting on environmental injustice, journalists can help the public understand the linkages between COVID-19, climate change and racial inequality, and share the experiences of under-represented communities with a wider audience. At the same time, the news industry is beginning to reckon with its own history of structural inequality and ongoing racism within the newsroom, which have helped to marginalize the concept of environmental justice and the reporters who cover it. In our third #SEJ2020 webinar, environmental reporters and storytellers discussed their experiences covering these issues. Webinar details, video recording and chat log.
Complex Emergencies and Climate Change in the Era of COVID-19
May 27, 2020
How should reporters cover the connections between climate change and disasters like heatwaves, hurricanes and floods? How can journalists assess and communicate governments' ability to respond effectively, in the midst of a global pandemic? And what about the knock-on effects of failure to address complex emergencies, such as unplanned migration or civil conflict? The second #SEJ2020 webinar offered tips on understanding and covering complex emergencies, in the United States and the rest of the world. Webinar details, video recording and chat file.
While No One Was Watching: Changing Environmental Regulations Under the Trump Administration
May 14, 2020
The Society of Environmental Journalists and the Earth Institute of Columbia University co-sponsored this important webinar for journalists. During more than three years in office, President Trump has attempted to undo dozens of environmental regulations. That effort has taken on a new dimension during the pandemic. In a move that environmental groups call reckless, the Administration has ordered a stop to enforcement of many of its environmental and health protections. This discussion covered what has happened, and what it means. Webinar details, recording and coverage.
COVID-19: Health, Science and Business Writers on Covering the Pandemic
April 27, 2020
The Power Shift Project hosted a free webinar with Freedom Forum fellow Jill Geisler debriefing leaders of journalism organizations whose members focus on health, science and the economic impact of COVID-19, now and in the future: the National Association of Science Writers, Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, Society of Environmental Journalists and Association of Health Care Journalists. SEJ speakers were executive director Meaghan Parker and board president Meera Subramanian. Video and resources.
Clearing the Air: What the Media Gets Right – and Wrong – When Covering Environmental Issues
April 13, 2020
Ensia publisher Todd Reubold held a virtual conversation with Kendra Pierre Louis (The New York Times), Eric Holthaus (The Correspondent), Amy Westervelt (Drilled News) and Maxwell Boykoff (University of Colorado), focused on what the media gets right — and wrong — when covering critical environmental issues like climate change. Presented by SEJ and the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment. Details and video recording.
Covering a Crisis: Climate, Coronavirus and Global (In)Action
April 2, 2020
How should the media cover a crisis? SEJ's 2020 webinar series launched with a discussion of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that could inform how journalists, scientists and advocates communicate about and address climate change. Panelists were Denis Hayes, The Earth Day Network and The Bullitt Foundation; Alice Hill, Council on Foreign Relations; and John Mecklin, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, moderated by Guardian US' Emily Holden. Go here for webinar details, video/audio recordings and coverage.