2019-20 Fellows

Center for Environmental Journalism welcomes 2019-20 class of Ted Scripps Fellows

Aug. 21, 2019

A new class of fellows will dig into issues ranging from water scarcity to the environmental impact of meat production through the University of Colorado Boulder’s Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism program. The five fellows selected for the 2019-20 class include nationally-known authors, as well as magazine and radio...

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CU Boulder launches initiative to support coverage of the Colorado River Basin

April 12, 2019

A journalism initiative to expand coverage of Western water issues is launching this month at the University of Colorado Boulder with support from a two-year, $700,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The Water Desk, based in the College of Media, Communication and Information’s Center for Environmental Journalism, is dedicated to boosting coverage of Western water issues, with a focus on the Colorado River Basin. The goal is to help educate the public and inform policy decisions.

From left, panel moderator and CEJ Deputy Director Michael Kodas, Scripps fellow and Mongabay reporter Chris Lett and Mongabay reporter Taran Volckhausen

Is global environmental journalism under siege or dawning anew?

April 1, 2019

On March 20, Mongabay founder Rhett Butler, reporter Taran Volckhausen and Scripps Fellow Chris Lett led a panel discussion titled, “Global Environmental Journalism: Under Siege or Dawning Anew?” In a time when environmental journalism resorts more and more to desk reporting, nonprofit news organization Mongabay is leading the way back...

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CEJ Graduate Reporting on Bears from Around the World Found Story Inspiration in Boulder

March 10, 2019

Currently reporting on sloth bears in India through a National Geographic Explorer Grant, Gloria Dickie, freelance journalist and University of Colorado Boulder graduate, gained valuable hands-on experience during her time at CU Boulder and through the Center for Environmental Journalism. Jokingly referred to as a “cub reporter,” Dickie has reported...

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Season two of 'Threshold' podcast explores new climate change narratives in the Arctic

Feb. 27, 2019

The metanarrative of climate change coverage is by now a familiar cliché: Humans ruin everything we touch and the ravages of a warming world are inevitable. But the second season of the “Threshold” podcast, “Cold Comfort,” challenges that flat storyline by building a new narrative around nuanced, multiple perspectives of...

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Five Questions for the Fellows: Christopher Lett

Feb. 26, 2019

T he CEJ Scripps Fellowship has been bringing award-winning environmental journalists to CU Boulder for 21 years. Fellows embark on a year of courses, projects, field trips, seminars and more -- taking advantage of everything university life has to offer. This series is a chance to get to know this...

Fellows Hillary Rosner and Peter Brannen at the panel discussion, Journalism in an Age of Distraction. Photo by Tom Yulsman

Journalism in an Age of Distraction

Feb. 25, 2019

All five 2018-19 Scripps Fellows — Chris Lett, Stephen R. Miller, Peter Brannen, Elizabeth Royte and Hillary Rosner — fielded questions from moderator David Baron and the audience at the Feb. 20 CEJ forum, Journalism in an Age of Distraction. Fellows talked about how they got started, where the craft...

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Five Questions for the Fellows: Stephen R. Miller

Feb. 20, 2019

The CEJ Scripps Fellowship has been bringing award-winning environmental journalists to CU Boulder for 21 years. Fellows embark on a year of courses, projects, field trips, seminars and more — taking advantage of everything university life has to offer. This five-part series features each of the talented journalists in this...

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Five Questions for the Fellows: Peter Brannen

Feb. 18, 2019

The CEJ Scripps Fellowship has been bringing award-winning environmental journalists to CU Boulder for 21 years. Fellows embark on a year of courses, projects, field trips, seminars and more -- taking advantage of everything university life has to offer. This series is a chance to get to know this year’s...

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Scripps Fellowship unites journalists to investigate oil and gas risks

Feb. 12, 2019

In February 2018, Jason Plautz, a Ted Scripps Fellow at the time, got a message from a local scientist. There was a spike in oil-and-gas-related carcinogens in the air above Boulder the same night of an explosion at an oil well site 40 miles away, the researcher said. What started...

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