Energy Journalism Initiative

About the Energy Journalism Initiative

Changes underway in the energy sector are creating challenges and opportunities, the complexity of which will require important decisions by both the public and private sectors. But making good choices requires a well-informed populace and a sophisticated level of discussion and dialogue. Journalism is key to improving this dialogue.

The Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative will educate journalists about the various disciplines associated with the energy sector, including policy, markets, finance, climate change, technology and geopolitics. Moreover, it will introduce participants to a variety of leading sources who can help inform their reporting on this vital topic. The Initiative will hold its first program in summer 2017, and will grow and evolve in subsequent years with additional support to offer more resources, programs and technology tools that meet the changing needs of energy journalism. The program’s initial phase is supported with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and CGEP Advisory Board Members Reid Hoffman and Jim Rogers.

In its initial year, the Initiative will feature a three-day seminar held at CGEP’s New York City headquarters for nearly 20 energy journalists. The seminar will be taught by a selection of academic, business and public-sector experts and focus on various topics critical to the global energy debate. In the future, to complement an expanded seminar, the Initiative will also develop and catalogue relevant educational materials and tools, provide webinars on specific issues, and create a network of high-quality resources to improve the level of understanding of these complex issues.

We invite you to explore the links below for additional information. Please contact with any questions. 


How to Apply 

Frequently Asked Questions

Working Agenda [PDF]

Press Release 


EJI Steering Committee Members

The Steering Committee of the Energy Journalism Initiative provides advice and guidance on the design and execution of the program. We thank them for their pro-bono support.

Ed Crooks, Financial Times

Tina Davis, Bloomberg

Philana Patterson, USA Today

Simon Webb, Thomson Reuters

Travis Bradford, Columbia University

Neil Brown, KKR

Steven Coll, Columbia University

Amy Myers Jaffe, UC Davis

Ed Morse, Citigroup

Philip Sharp, Columbia University

Anya Schiffrin, Columbia University