2018 EJI Seminar

What is the EJI seminar?

Each summer, CGEP invites energy and environment journalists from around the world to participate in a 3-4 day program to learn about energy and environmental issues from experts in government, industry, and academia. The interactive program seeks to inform journalists understanding of these nuanced issues and enhance their reporting.

When does it take place (Dates of program/timeline)?

June 12-15, 2018.

Where will the program take place?

The program will take place on the Columbia University campus in New York City.

What can I expect to learn from the seminar?

The program strives to impart specialist knowledge that will help reporters look deeper at the stories they cover in a more holistic, integrated way. While we do not expect participants will emerge as experts in the topics addressed, they should have greater awareness of said topics and how they relate, thus creating the potential for fuller stories in the future.

Please note that this program does not teach basic journalism skills, as that is outside the goals of the program and expertise of the lecturers. The program also does not assign stories to reporters, or participate in any reporting efforts.

Who will teach the initiative?

Energy Journalism Initiative seminars will be taught by Columbia faculty and scholars as well as other academic, private-sector and government experts.

What topics are covered in the seminar?

Topics will cover a broad range of economic, policy and technology issues in a survey-course fashion. Focus will be on the relationship between the sectors and the need to examine and understand the energy ecosystem in total to analyze discrete components. A working agenda for the 2017 seminar can be found here [PDF].

What format will the sessions take?

The program will strive to ensure that sessions are interactive and participatory. A lecture format will be used sparingly.

Can it be done remotely?

No, you must attend all sessions in person.

How much will this cost me?

The program is intended to cover all costs directly related to participation.

Will hotel accommodation and transportation costs be covered?

Yes, the program is able cover hotel room fees and transportation costs for participants up to a threshold level. Meals will be provided as part of the seminar.

How will I stay connected?

Participants will receive regular communication and materials from the Initiative in an on-going fashion

I want more information. Whom do I contact?

For more information, you can contact us at eji@sipa.columbia.edu

how can i apply?

Find out how to apply here.

Can broadcast journalists apply?

Yes, as long at their reporting includes written stories on their news organization's web sites.

What is Expected from Participants?

Evaluation Form

Participants in the program will be expected to complete an evaluation form examining the topics and sessions, which will be consulted in improving the program going forward.

Six Month Report

The participants will also be expected to produce a brief report six months after the Initiative that references 2-4 articles they wrote during the intervening period and describes how the program enhanced their coverage and changed their approach to the stories. The report should include as an appendix all the relevant energy stories the reporter has written.

Manager Questionnaire

In addition, the participant’s direct manager will be required to fill out a short, questionnaire at this same six-month period after the seminar to provide an independent assessment of the progress of the reporter, and whether the manager believes that the Initiative contributed to those gains. Managers will be made aware of this requirement when they sign off on the attendance of their reporters.