Journalists are heroes of democracy. This holiday season, we're asking you to honor your journalism heroes by supporting SEJ's work to increase and improve environmental journalism. If you have a journalism hero, tell us using #HonoringTheHeroes. Make a contribution to SEJ in their name and we'll add them to our Wall of Heroes. And you'll both know that you're helping the reporters who tell the world's greatest stories. Not able to donate this year? We understand! There's no need to donate in order to give your journalism heroes a well-deserved shout-out using #HonoringtheHeroes.

Good journalism comes when journalists know their communities well, and tell stories about the places they know and love. That means not just listening to their neighbors, but sharing the experiences of breathing the same air, drinking the same water and planting their feet in local dirt. Without the eyes, ears and noses of curious, dogged local environmental journalists we would miss so much of what plays out on the ground across the country. 

That’s why I’m choosing to donate to the Society of Environmental Journalists in honor of three reporters I admire, respect and rely on to know what’s happening in their corners of the Western U.S.: 

  • Noel Smith covers the Navajo Nation for the Farmington Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico. This year she’s been covering the pandemic’s effect on tribal communities in the Four Corners. She frequently files pieces on water and land issues with clear-eyed precision and important context. 

  • Daniel Rothberg is the water and public lands reporter for The Nevada Independent, and covers the state from his perch in Reno. Daniel is able to take the most complex environmental issues in the West and turn them into character-driven stories that are understandable, and a joy to read. 

  • Heather Sackett, a reporter for Aspen Journalism's Water Desk. Heather does yeoman's work in reporting on the inner workings of Colorado's various boards, committees and agencies tasked with managing water in the state. It's a complicated beat with many moving parts, and her stories always give me more clarity into what's going on at a granular level.

These journalists keep their communities well-informed through their hard work and careful observations that only come from really knowing a place and the people who live there. Join me in making sure this kind of journalism stays strong in the years to come with a donation to the Society of Environmental Journalists. 

Thank you,

Luke Runyon
SEJ Member
How your donation helps journalists:

  • Your gift in general support of SEJ Programs covers costs of ambitious plans for conferences, publications, awards and other educational programs for environmental journalists.

  • Your gift in general support of SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism will be used to underwrite small grants available to qualified journalists, covering costs of worthy reporting projects that are not yet complete. Winners are selected through a competitive process.

  • Your gift to SEJ's 21st Century Endowment Fund protects the future of environmental journalism.

Ways to donate:

  • PayPal’s Giving Fund covers all transaction costs for donations to SEJ made on this site, ensuring that 100% of each gift made is available to charity

  • Leave a trace. Make a bequest to SEJ in your will: Learn more

Thank you for supporting environmental journalism!