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The Environmental Justice Journalism Initiative grew out of conversations among friends about the need to address the lack of diversity in both the environmental stories covered and the journalists who cover them. It has expanded into a true effort to build capacity so we can continue to formalize and make available to all the work we have been doing on an ad hoc basis. Help us by donating now.
We’d love to hear from you if you are:
- A journalist who wants to speak to our students about your environmental justice work.
- A professional at a college who can provide scholarships in related fields, including marine science, journalism, public policy, or engineering.
- A professional at a company, government entity or other nonprofit organization that is interested in hiring EJJI students as interns.
- A newspaper, radio station, web site or other platform interested in co-publishing our work.
- A like-minded professional who is interested in helping us build our partnerships.
Frequently Asked Questions
When did EJJI form?
We began talking about this idea in early 2020 and it picked up steam over the summer. We got up and running at the end of 2020.
Where are you based?
We begin our work in Baltimore, where we live. But we are hoping to expand the work to other cities.
We saw a need to change both what was being covered in environmental journalism, and who was covering it. We felt our skills were compatible – an organizer with strong connections to the community, and a journalist with vast expertise in the topic. We thought together we could help make a long-needed change.
Our partners in this endeavor are the National Aquarium, where we will be working with the Henry Hall Scholars and introducing environmental journalism projects into a marine science curriculum, beginning in January 2020, and Clergy United for the Transformation of Sandtown, a faith-based group fighting for justice in West Baltimore. We are a Black-led organization, with a diverse board and partners.
Of course, we would like to expand our program to other cities, continuing our partnerships with aquariums, universities, and faith-based organizations. Feel free to contact us to learn more.