SEJ's annual conferences bring
together environmental policymakers and
activists from every point of view for
more than four days of face-to-face
meetings with the world's most
experienced and energetic environmental
At past conferences, reporters
have traded tips and techniques, listened
to informative panels and interviewed
news sources as prominent as the vice
president of the United States and the
director of the United Nations
Information about previous SEJ
annual conferences is listed below. Some
of the documents are in PDF format and
require the free Adobe Acrobat ®
SEJ's 18th annual conference, October 15-19, was hosted by Virginia Tech. The agenda provides descriptions of the tours and sessions, and lists of speakers with links to biographies.
On Wednesday evening, the winners of SEJ's seventhth annual Awards for Reporting on the
Environment were announced. Later in the week, the 2008 Stolberg Award was presented to the National Journal's Margie Kriz.
See SEJ's official conference coverage page, which includes links to independent bloggers about conference happenings. Our page is a work-in-progress, so please visit often! (If you have good shots of your tours or sessions that you'd like to share through posting on www.sejarchive.org, SEJ's Flickr photo page, or in the SEJournal, send JPG or GIF files to Cindy MacDonald, SEJ's Web Content Manager, or mail prints to the SEJ office. Please include a short caption, with IDs for people if possible, and how you would like to be credited.
You'll find lists of conference exhibitors, advertisers and independent hospitality
reception hosts here.
Questions or comments about the conference? Please contact the SEJ
SEJ's 17th annual conference took place earlier in the year than usual, September 5-9, with attendance hitting an all-new high. Our host was Stanford University, the theme "Innovation and Solutions." Multimedia coverage is here. On the agenda, you'll find descriptions of all the tours and sessions, and lists of speakers.
Winners of SEJ's sixth annual Awards for Reporting on the
Environment were announced. The 2007 Stolberg Award was given in honor of the late Mike Dunne, a founding SEJ member, assistant editor of the SEJournal, and senior reporter for The (Baton Rouge) Advocate.
See SEJ's official conference coverage page, which includes audio, video, photos, as well as links to independent bloggers about conference happenings. Our page is a work-in-progress, so please visit often! (If you have good shots of your tours or sessions that you'd like to share through posting on www.sejarchive.org or in the SEJournal, send JPG or GIF files to Cindy MacDonald, SEJ's Web Content Manager, or mail prints to the SEJ office. Please include a short caption, with IDs for people if possible, and how you would like to be credited.)
Read speaker bios
and see who the auto-test drive participants, exhibitors, advertisers and independent hospitality
reception hosts were here.
Questions or comments about the conference? Please contact the SEJ
The Burlington conference, October 25-29, was co-hosted by the
University of Vermont in Burlington and Vermont Law School in South Burlington.
Day tours included nine field trips over water, mountains and national borders. We heard about how business is going green, and why it's so hard to find out what the government is doing with the environment. Leading print and broadcast reporters offered tips on how to make the climate story come alive. Attendees savored a slow-food feast followed by a fast-foot dance to the tunes of Tammy Fletcher and her band. Pointers from leading nature writers polished off the program. For a complete rundown of events, have a look at the agenda.
Winners of SEJ's fifth annual Awards for Reporting on the
Environment were announced. This year's Stolberg Award went to Dale Willman, who in nine years as a member has proven himself indispensable with the variety of volunteer tasks he has performed at the organization's annual meetings.
Read all the conference coverage, including photos, audio and video files, and stories by University of Missouri attendees. In addition, unofficial and independent blogs such as Amy Gahran's SEJ2006 and Jim Bruggers' Watchdog Earth offer views, opinions, podcasts, video clips, photos and much more.
You can also view the speaker bios
and see who the exhibitors and independent hospitality
reception hosts were.
If you have comments or questions about
the conference, the SEJ
office would like to hear from you.
Sunday tour of the Green Roofs R&D site, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. L-R: SEJ members Joe Davis and Candace Page; Steven Windhager, Director, Landscape Restoration, LBJWC; SEJ members Ken Friedman and Tom Henry. Photo courtesy Peter Thomson.
The Austin conference, hosted by The
University of Texas at Austin, brought hundreds of
SEJ'ers together September 28-October 2 for a mix of
entertainment, education, soul-searching and
tributes. The conference, SEJ's 15th, provided an opportunity
to remember SEJ legend Kevin Carmody, and to comfort
reporters caught in hurricanes this year. It was a
chance to sample an incredible array of live music,
from salsa to blues to country, and to hear
presentations ranging from Molly Ivins'
salty monologue about politicians she
considered under-performers to energy views from top
oil company executives, including Lynn Laverty
Elsenhans, Executive Vice President of Global
Manufacturing, Shell Downstream, to Bill Moyers'
thoughts on the future of environmental journalism.
Winners of SEJ's fourth annual Awards for Reporting on the
Environment were announced. This year's Stolberg Award went to Denny Wilkins, the SEJournal workhorse who has copyedited SEJ material for free, for years. Field trips included the aerial parade bats in
downtown Austin and the sights and sounds of the
Alamo and Riverwalk in San Antonio, and many more. The conference
wrapped up with a memorial service for Carmody, an
SEJ leader from the start, who died earlier this
MP3 audio files and transcripts:
- Molly Ivins' welcome-to-Texas talk (MP3/17.7MB)
Wednesday, September 28, Opening Reception at the Driskill Hotel
- "Is Journalism — Environmental or Otherwise — a Dying Idea?" Part I (MP3/11.4MB). Part II (MP3/11.1MB).
Friday, September 30, Opening Plenary
- Session with Congressman Pombo (MP3/16.6MB)
Saturday, October 1, Concurrent Sessions 4, THE LAW: What's in a Name? Updates on Clear Skies, Healthy Forests and Others
- Audio file of Bill Moyers' talk (MP3/17.8MB)
Saturday, October 1, Lunch and Keynote Address
- Transcript of Bill Moyers' talk (PDF/requires free
Important: To preserve the integrity of this talk as it was originally delivered to SEJ's conference and formatted for publication October 6, 2005, by Bill Moyers, SEJ asks those wishing to share it with others to observe the following protocols:
To pass along the talk in its entirety through the Internet, please link to it here on www.sejarchive.org at http://www.sejarchive.org/confer/austin/PenguinsandthePoliticsofDenial.pdf. To arrange for printed publication (entire talk or excerpts), please contact Karen Kimball, submit text in writing for confirmation of its accuracy, and let Mr. Moyers know where and when you plan to print it.
- "Blogs, Feeds, Wikis, and Podcasts: What Are They, and Why Should Reporters Care?" (MP3/17.9MB)
Saturday, October 1, Concurrent Sessions 3, THE COMPUTER LAB, presented by Amy Gahran
Web-savvy participants in SEJ's 15th annual conference in Austin have
weighed in with (almost) instantaneous online reports and commentary about the
five-day extravaganza. Check out Amy Gahran's conference blog; Dick
Russell's firsthand account; and three articles in the October 2005
Environment Writer: Strong Start, Strong Finish
... and Strong In Between by Bud Ward, Wide-Ranging Advice Offered at SEJ Conference
by Bill Dawson, and SEJ Austin Conference: Impressions by Bob Wyss.
Bear in mind, though, that the views
expressed on any of the above web sites are the individual authors' and do not reflect
the position of SEJ or its members.
Check out the English-language agenda (or la agenda en Español); speaker bios (English and Spanish/Ingles y Español); photo gallery,
and exhibitors and independent hospitality
events. Please contact the SEJ
office with any comments or questions you have about
Conference chair Don Hopey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette swooped in Wednesday evening to illustrate the power of fame and introduce panelists in our opening plenary, "Celebrity, the Media and the Environment."
Photo by Kenneth Friedman.
SEJ's 14th annual conference, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, took place October 20-24. On Wednesday, attendees heard a variety of views on the role of celebrities in environmental advocacy, received a surprise welcome to Pittsburgh from Teresa Heinz Kerry, and winners of SEJ's third annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment were announced. Ken Ward Jr. took home the Stolberg Award for distinguished volunteer
service. Thursday, ten different tours transported conferees to sites ranging from dams and longwall mining to brownfields and the continent's largest bird-banding operation. In the evening, the venue was the Carnegie Museum of Natural History with a keynote by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and behind-the-scenes peeks at the museum's vast insect collection. Friday and Saturday were spent in sessions at the Carnegie Mellon campus or local mini-tours, hearing from EPA Administrator Michael O. Leavitt and other representatives of government, as well as industry leaders, top scientists, and environmental advocates on a multitude of topics. Saturday night, attendees rocked the boat to No Bad JuJu during a 3-hour cruise on Pittsburgh's rivers. The conference wrapped up Sunday morning at the National Aviary with tours of its many exhibits, and a plenary on Pittsburgh's environmental history. Agenda and speaker bios. Conference coverage. You can order audio tapes (requires free
Adobe Acrobat ® reader) of most
sessions from Goodkind of Sound. Photo gallery.
Conference exhibitors and independent hospitality events. Please contact the SEJ
office if you have comments or questions about
New Orleans, LA
The New Orleans conference held September
10-14, blended incredible live music, tours and
the usual fully-loaded roster of panels. Topics
ranged from the Dead Zone to Mississippi River
history. SEJ's second round of Awards for Reporting
on the Environment were
distributed. The members honored two 10-year veterans
of the SEJ staff: associate director Chris Rigel and
conference guru Jay Letto. Mentoring-program co-chairs Orna
Izakson and Dawn Stover took home the Stolberg Award for distinguished
service. You can order audio tapes of all
Convenient Cassette Service. Session
summaries. Speaker bios. Photo gallery.
Please contact the SEJ
office with your comments or questions about
A searching examination of
the environment beat's "blind spots",
and a spirited exchange between two key
members of Congress and President
George W. Bush's top environmental
advisor about politics and policy in
the post-9/11 era. Among the more than
30 session topics: Rachel Carson's
legacy, ten years after Rio, cancer
clusters, "Frankenfish" and an
insider's look at the "big ten"
environmental groups. Read up on the speakers. Audio tapes of all
sessions are available to purchase from
Goodkind of Sound
— you'll find the session
summaries on the agenda to help you
decide. View conference photos.
SEJournal coverage. If you have questions or comments about
the conference, please contact the SEJ
Top Bush administration
officials Christine Todd Whitman and
Gale Norton outlined new environment
and natural resources policies. Two
conference sessions considered the
impact of terrorist attacks on
technology, the environment and
environmental reporting. And a diverse
group of companies and organizations
exhibited innovative and creative
solutions to environmental and
technological challenges of the 21st
century. Speakers. Audio tapes
of all sessions are available to
purchase from Goodkind of Sound
— check the agenda to see which
sessions you want to order. Transcript of Christine
Todd Whitman's speech. SEJournal
coverage. Questions or comments
about the conference? Contact the SEJ
Cars of the future; a debate
between the environmental advisors to
presidential candidates George W. Bush
and Al Gore; keynote address by David
Suzuki; author Bill McKibben. Program. Tapes
order form. SEJournal
Urban sprawl; Hollywood, the
press and the environment, with
panelists Ted Danson, Ed Begley Jr.,
and Keely Shaye Smith; keynote address
by David Brower; and a Sunday morning
talk by Barry Lopez, author of Arctic
Dreams. Program. Tapes
order form. Conference photos. SEJournal
A smokestack city cleans
itself up; revisiting the snail darter
saga; addresses by Ted Turner and
Sylvia Earle. Program. SEJournal
St. Louis, MO
The border environment; four
years after NAFTA; an address by
Stewart Udall; Biosphere II; and
remembering Edward Abbey. Program. Coverage by University of
Arizona students. SEJournal
The environment in the 104th
Congress; and the doomsayers square off
against the naysayers in a lunchtime
plenary. Program. SEJournal
Vice President Al Gore
addresses the conference; naturalist
E.O. Wilson; authors Richard Rhodes and
Jonathan Weiner. SEJournal
Writers William Least Heat
Moon and Terry Tempest Williams; Energy
Secretary Hazel O'Leary; EPA
Administrator Carol Browner. SEJournal
Ann Arbor, MI
Interior Secretary Bruce
Babbitt; White House Office of
Environmental Policy director Katy
McGinty; a plenary on "backlash"
The auto industry; Lois
Gibbs of the Citizens Clearinghouse for
Hazardous Waste; environmental beat
veterans talk about their experiences.
SEJ's first national
conference, with sessions on using
computers to analyze environmental
data; reporting risk; the society's
first elections. SEJournal
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