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SEJ President's Report is the column of the current president of the SEJ Board of Directors, focusing on insights about the profession of environmental journalism, and providing updates about the organization's vision and practices. For questions and comments, email SEJ President Luke Runyon.


February 21, 2017

  • Bobby Magill, in his most recent SEJ President's Report, recalls his time traversing federal wilderness areas that are now increasingly the subject of dispute. How are they to be used? Who is to hold them? Will these vast Western lands remain in the public domain? And what is the role of journalists in covering this story?

November 15, 2016

  • SEJ President Bobby Magill takes stock of an incoming administration he sees as having palpable hostility toward journalism, science and climate stability. His conclusion: Environmental journalism is more necessary than ever and we must take inspiration from this difficult moment to galvanize our work.

November 1, 2016

  • An era of transformation is upon SEJ, with new executive director, headquarters, partnerships, funding sources, publications and more on the way. Incoming President Bobby Magill outlines what's coming, and puts out a welcome mat for potential new members.

September 1, 2016

  • Little did Jim Detjen know when he hired a part-time worker more than 25 years ago for the newly launched Society of Environmental Journalists that it would lead to an astonishing era of leadership. It was Beth Parke he hired. Under her leadership as executive director, SEJ has grown into the world’s leading group of professional journalists who cover environmental issues. Read more from SEJ President Jeff Burnside.

June 1, 2016

  • For hard-working journalists, reward comes in those quiet moments of reflection when we see our work go public and watch as it positively contributes to the dialogues taking place in our communities, across America and, indeed, around the world. SEJ Board president Jeff Burnside, pictured, explains in the latest issue of SEJournal.

March 1, 2016

  • Fellow Journalists, we have a lot in common. We’ve read many of your stories on issues surrounding energy, business, science and health. We couldn’t help noticing a common link in so many of your stories: The environment. Those of us at the Society of Environmental Journalists think we are a very good fit for you. Read all the reasons why, by board president Jeff Burnside in the new issue of SEJournal.

December 15, 2015

  • The quarterly SEJ President's Report in SEJournal normally examines an issue important to the future health of the Society of Environmental Journalists and what you as a member might do about it. This time, in the just-released Winter 2015 issue, Jeff Burnside's report examines a different set of responsibilities: whether journalism is asleep at the wheel in failing to sufficiently cover a looming, irreversible environmental issue. Our most iconic and beloved wild species are now on the precipice of extinction, functionally if not literally.

September 1, 2015

  • Society of Environmental Journalists’ founder Jim Detjen and I were sitting together at an SEJ gathering not long ago wondering about the size of the collective readership/viewer/listenership of all of SEJ’s members. In essence, what is our potential reach? We calculated that it must be in the tens of millions. That’s power to help set the national dialogue and, in many cases, the global dialogue. Read more from SEJ President Jeff Burnside.

June 1, 2015

  • Busy people know how to get things done. So, when I suggest that you consider running for a seat on the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists, your first reaction (“I’m far too busy!”) can be quickly countered: Busy people are known for managing their time. Read more from SEJ President Jeff Burnside.

March 1, 2015

  • In this excerpt from the latest issue of SEJournal, SEJ president Jeff Burnside reflects on the power and value of SEJ members, shares stats that'll make you proud and offers easy ways for you to help grow our membership — win-win all around.