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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.


October 15, 2014

  • In this last column of his SEJ presidency, Don Hopey addresses the environment beat's necessity and SEJ’s role in it by focusing on two events, one just past, the other approaching quickly.

July 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

  • People care about the information they get. But the public isn’t getting what it needs from federal and state agencies where, during crisis events and day-to-day operations, agencies work harder at controlling the information that reaches the public than they do at gathering and making it available. Read more from SEJ President Don Hopey.

January 15, 2014

  • SEJ President Don Hopey, after seeing the movie “Gravity,” likened reporters to astronauts in the film – out there all alone, a journalistic generation lost in space. But we are doing good work – both on our jobs and in our organization.

October 15, 2013

  • SEJ President Don Hopey reminds us it’s good to remember that environmental journalism can play an important role in digging out the information an increasingly distracted public needs to make tough policy decisions about their environment and health.

July 15, 2013

April 15, 2013

  • SEJ President Don Hopey passes along some results from SEJ’s fall 2012 member survey, and also an update on the board’s just-launched review of our organization’s programs and services, an effort we are calling, not without some hope (or is it hype?) — “SEJ 3.0.”

January 15, 2013

September 15, 2012

April 15, 2012

  • At its January 28, 2012 meeting, SEJ’s board of directors took steps to increase revenues and cut expenses for the short term as the board and staff pursue effectiveness studies and efforts to bring in new unrestricted gifts, new foundation grants, new university and media support, and new earned income. Read more from SEJ President Carolyn Whetzel.