Are Environmental Journalists Becoming an Endangered Species? Wilson Center Panel Examines Future of Science Journalism

February 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Even as interest in environmental issues skyrockets, the reporters who cover these topics are being laid off left and right. At the Wilson Center on February 12, four journalists and media experts will discuss this and other issues:

  • What does the future hold for science and environmental journalism, in print, broadcast, and online?
  • Will the new administration change the strained relationship between environmental agencies and reporters?
  • Will the renewed focus on climate change lead to the rebirth of environmental journalism — but outside of the traditional media?

Peter Dykstra, a columnist for the environmental news site MNN.com and a public policy scholar at the Wilson Center, was formerly executive producer of CNN’s Science, Technology, and Weather Unit.

Seth Borensteinis a national science writer for the Associated Press, the world’s largest news organization, covering issues ranging from climate change to astronomy.

Jan Schafferis executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, which helps journalists use digital technologies to develop new ways for people to participate in public life with projects on innovations, entrepreneurship, and citizen media.

Elizabeth Shogrenis a Washington-based environment correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). She has reported extensively on climate change, energy, land use, and endangered species.

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What: The Future of Science and Environmental Journalism


Peter Dykstra, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar; Former Executive Producer, CNN (Science, Technology, Environment and Weather)

Seth Borenstein, Science Writer, Associated Press

Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, Pew Center for Civic Journalism

Elizabeth Shogren, Environment Correspondent, National Public Radio (to be confirmed)

When: Thursday, February 12, 10:00 a.m. – noon

Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor Auditorium

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Media planning to cover the event should contact Vicki Dodson at vicki.dodson@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4268.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. http://www.wilsoncenter.org

Since 1994, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program has explored the connections among environmental challenges and their links to conflict and security. http://www.wilsoncenter.org/ecsp

    Vicki Bear Dodson, Outreach and Communications
    Phone: (202) 691-4268
    Email: vicki.dodson@wilsoncenter.org

SOURCE Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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