NEW YORK - The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs announced today that it will welcome a new cohort of journalists for the fourth annual Energy Journalism Initiative, which will take place virtually from June 15-19. The Columbia Energy Journalism Initiative educates journalists about the various disciplines associated with the energy sector, including policy, markets, finance, climate change, technology and geopolitics to better prepare journalists who cover energy topics.

A record number of journalists applied to this year’s program, with 20 journalists accepted from five different countries. Traditionally a three-day in-person seminar hosted on the Columbia University campus, the program this year will take place virtually over 5 days in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Each session of the seminar will be taught by leading experts in energy policy, finance, geopolitics, climate change, markets, and technology, and sessions will cover the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on each topic. Presenters include Columbia faculty and CGEP scholars, private sector experts, and leading voices at other academic institutions. CGEP Founding Director Jason Bordoff and EJI Director Bill Loveless will kick off this year’s seminar with a lively discussion with former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. The program will take place under Chatham House Rule.

The group of journalists received pre-session reading material and other information to help them prepare for the sessions, and they will be able to stay in touch with each other and reach out to the Center for support moving forward.

As CGEP continues to grow the program, providing opportunities for these journalists to join prior years’ cohorts to build an energy journalism network with global impact remains a priority.

Learn more about the journalists selected for the 2020 Energy Journalism Initiative here.