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The CEJ was established in 1992 by the Journalism and Mass Communication program at the University of Colorado Boulder to enrich public understanding of environmental issues by elevating the quality, range, and depth of coverage by journalists. The center does this by helping seasoned and emerging journalists enhance their knowledge of the scientific, economic, political, and social aspects of these issues.
The CEJ focuses on the professional development of working journalists, student education, and research on media, environment and society. The centerpiece of programs for journalists is the Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. And for students, the CEJ offers a master's degree with an emphasis in environmental journalism as well as a doctoral community for students interested in researching media and the environment, media and scientific communication, risk communication, and corollary fields.
In the heart of Boulder, the CEJ draws on a rich pool of knowledge and expertise in environmental issues. The University of Colorado is recognized internationally as one of the world's leading centers for environmental inquiry, with researchers working within the physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, environmental design, law, and public health.
Journalists and students affiliated with the CEJ benefit from the on-campus presence of such world-class institutions as the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research; Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences; National Snow and Ice Data Center; Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research; Environmental Studies Program; Natural Hazards Center; and the Natural Resources Law Center. Nearby are 14 federal research institutes, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research; National Institute of Standards and Technology; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
No other place in the world can boast a greater concentration of environmental expertise and knowledge than Boulder. The wealth of these resources makes the CEJ an ideal place for working journalists, researchers, and student journalists to expand their knowledge and improve their abilities to report on environmental issues for the public, and to understand the connections between media, environment, and society.
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Amanda Paulson has been a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor for 15 years, writing both features and news pieces and covering a wide range of topics, including education reform, presidential elections, natural disasters, immigration, agriculture, mining, and social issues. She was the Monitor’s Midwest correspondent for eight years before moving to Boulder in 2011, and has won several awards, particularly for education reporting. Amanda has a long-standing personal interest in conservation and environmental issues. Over the course of the fellowship, she's eager to deepen her knowledge of energy, land-use, and climate-change topics to build a solid base of expertise for future reporting, as well as to deeply investigate issues around the growing disconnect between children and nature, what this means for the future of the environmental movement, and ways that disconnect could be bridged.
Julie Rehmeyer is an award-winning freelance math and science journalist and contributing editor at Discover magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Discover, Science News, Aeon, Wired, High Country News and many other publications. Much of her writing has been about mathematics, aiming to show her readers how mathematics can reveal hidden facets of the world. During the fellowship, she’ll be working on a memoir about navigating the science and politics of poorly understood environmental illnesses, based on her experience with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Jess Chamberlain is a Seattle-based freelance writer. She’s reported on design and environmental lifestyle topics for 10 years, covering subjects ranging from minimalism and small space living to the locavore movement and the sharing economy. She is a contributing editor for Sunset magazine, where she was previously a staff writer in the San Francisco Bay Area for six years.
Chamberlain’s work has also been published in The New York Times, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, San Francisco magazine, Anthology magazine, and on Ozy.com and NPR.org. She has been a featured speaker at conferences like Altitude Design Summit and has appeared on national broadcast programs, most notably The Today Show. In 2014, Thrillist.com named her a top instagramer. Chamberlain’s 2011 article for Sunset entitled “The Zero-Waste Home” helped spark a national dialogue about consumerism in America and motivated her efforts to humanize environmental issues.
As a Scripps fellow, Chamberlain plans to study how environmental storytelling for the mobile audience can motivate environmentally-minded—and socially infectious—lifestyle changes.
SCRIPPS FELLOWS, 2015–16
Each year, five exceptional journalists are awarded a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. Over a nine-month period, fellows attend classes at the University of Colorado Boulder, participate in weekly seminars and field trips, and pursue their own journalistic projects on a wide range of environmental topics. Former fellows have gone on to collect Pulitzer Prizes for their work, authored best-selling books, and headed up some of the nation's most respected news organizations. To learn more about the fellowship click here.
Scott Wyland is an investigative reporter who has covered environmental issues in several states, including for The Oregonian, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Daytona Beach News-Journal and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. Among many stories, Wyland has written about how flawed environmental oversight has led to the degradation of Florida waterways. His story about a Miami dredging project destroying coral reefs appeared in National Geographic. During the Ted Scripps fellowship he will research and begin writing a book on how the clear-cutting of Pacific Northwest forests – which continues to this day – inflicted ecological devastation that spurred tree-sitting protests, including a treetop “village” that lasted seven years in central Oregon. He will base the book partly on his experience interviewing tree-sitters on a 130-foot-high perch and covering the Northwest “timber wars.”
Ciara O'Rourke is a journalist in Austin, Texas, where she most recently worked as a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman. She covered public safety, county government and politics for more than five years at the newspaper and helped launch PolitiFact Texas, a project that fact-checks the statements made by politicians and pundits in the Lone Star State. Her work has also appeared in publications including The New York Times and Seattle Met. She will spend her fellowship reporting a series of stories on how the loss of rural land in Texas is changing communities across the state and affecting the people who live there.
SPOTLIGHT: MICHAEL KODAS IN CU-BOULDER'S FACULTY IN FOCUS
The Center for Environmental Journalism's Associate Director Michael Kodas offers up a glimpse of his life, and his work, with the University of Colorado. From the ski slopes of the Rockies to the classroom, Kodas discusses what it means to be an environmental journalist and underlines the value of getting out into the field.
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