Announcement: Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative

Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy Launches New Energy Journalism Initiative

February 22, 2017

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The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is pleased to announce a new initiative to promote quality journalism covering the energy sector, a vital and increasingly complex topic for many consumers, industries and governments in the U.S. and around the world.

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.

“The Center on Global Energy Policy is proud to launch the new Energy Journalism Initiative,” said Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “As the world faces a transitioning energy and environmental landscape, high quality energy journalism is key to ensure policymakers, business leaders and the general public have the best information possible to address these changes. This aligns directly with the Center’s mission to enrich the quality of energy dialogue and provide objective, rigorous, policy-relevant analysis.”

“Energy has great implications for international relations, global development and public policy, issues SIPA has been educating future leaders on for decades” said Merit Janow, Dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. “The robust team of energy experts at SIPA’s Center on Global Energy Policy are uniquely qualified to help energy journalists expand their understanding of the many complex issues inherent in this sector and we are excited to provide our support.”

In its initial phase, the Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative will offer a three-day seminar conducted at the SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy in New York. 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.

The Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative invites applications from journalists who are relatively new to covering energy: with five or fewer years of experience on the beat. In particular, the Initiative will look for print reporters whose coverage appears in national and local newspapers, wire services, trade press, and internet/new-media outlets.

The deadline for applications to participate in the Initiative is March 31, 2017, and participants will be selected by the end of April. The Initiative will cover travel and housing expenses for participants.

For more information and to apply, visit http://energypolicy.columbia.edu/energy-journalism-initiative, or contact us at eji@sipa.columbia.edu.