SEJ's 32nd Annual Conference • #SEJ2023 | Boise, ID | April 19-23 • Contact

Agenda

The 32nd Annual Conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists in Boise, Idaho, officially begins Wednesday, April 19, 2023, with an opening reception followed by dinner and programs.

Before the official kick-off, three all-day workshops will be held, as well as an afternoon meet-and-greet with fun networking opportunities.

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#SEJ2023 DRAFT AGENDA

Note: All information is subject to change.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Concurrent Sessions (Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22)
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Sunday-Thursday, April 23-27, 2023 (post-conference tour)

All sessions, as well as registration, exhibits and breaks, will take place at BSU’s Student Union Building, 1700 W. University Drive, Boise, ID 83725, unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

All-Day Workshops (DRAFT TITLES)

Workshop 1. Biodiversity 201: Reporting on the Sixth Extinction

Workshop 2. Covering Oceans, Coasts, Salmon and Orcas

Workshop 3. Reporting on Water and Waterways: The Mississippi, the Colorado and the Columbia

 

Opening Reception and Dinner: Welcome to Boise!

5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The bar opens early, so grab a drink and mingle. Chat with colleagues and network with sources and then settle in for dinner with some serious show-and-tell about the remarkable Idaho conservation story. Stay tuned for details.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

All-Day Tours (DRAFT TITLES)

Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. Departure times will vary, but all Thursday tours will return to the BSU Student Center about 5:00 p.m. Planning is still underway, so please check back here or keep up to date by subscribing to our Annual Conference email list.

1. Not Your Grandfather’s Mining: Innovations in Resource Extraction

2. Redfish Lake, Salmon, Dams and Orcas

3. Recreation Economy and Access and the Urban/Wildland Interface

4. Songbirds to Raptors: Conflict and Conservation in the American West

5. Farming and Water Quality in the Magic Valley

6. Collaborative Forestry and Uncooperative Wildfire

7. Ranching, Wolves, Sheep and Horses

8. Sagebrush Country: Grouse, Grazing and Wildfire

9. Agriculture, Climate Change and Environmental Justice

 

Independent Hospitality Receptions and Exhibits

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Now a popular SEJ tradition, this is the conference’s best networking opportunity. After spending the day in the field, meet with hosts of multiple receptions. They’ll have experts on hand as well as displays, materials and, of course, great food and drink. Mingle with our exhibitors and build your source list.

Concurrent Sessions (Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2023)

We’ll plunge into two days of everything from the interaction between Snake and Columbia River dams, Idaho salmon and orcas from the Salish Sea to climate equity to environmental economics to avoiding extinctions to mining cleanups to tribal sovereignty to regenerative farming to the future of fire to Western water to smart cities and stupid infrastructure to encroaching cougars and skydiving beavers!

And there will be a plethora of craft panels, too, on how to create your own collaborative projects and deploy edgy journalism teaching tools, working in the gig economy and how to cover unheard voices, rural America and looming disasters.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Morning program to be announced. SEJ’s annual conference ends at noon.

Sunday, April 23 – Thursday, April 27, 2023

Post-Conference Tour: Connecting North America’s Big Wild

The 2023 Connected Landscapes Institute would allow up to 15 journalists to explore the importance of connected landscapes between the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and Idaho’s High Divide. It’s an area critically important to such iconic species as grizzly bears, gray wolves, bison, elk, wolverines and lynx, but also one with broader impacts to global biodiversity. Yet few protections exist in those areas. Pressure is increasing to extract such commodities as oil, gas and precious metals, and the Western ethos of local control remains a powerful presence. The 2023 SEJ post-conference tour, conducted by the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources, or IJNR, will focus on the science behind wildlife corridors, the cultural and economic obstacles they face, and the future of vast ecosystems in North America. The post-conference tour will take journalists from Boise to Yellowstone National Park and back, with various stops along the way to discuss conservation measures and their potential obstacles.

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As a journalism organization that believes in an open society, SEJ each year welcomes a diverse group of attendees to our annual conference. Attendees include representatives of business, government and environmental groups, as well as working journalists, academics and students.

Speakers, presentations, questions and responses do not necessarily reflect the views of SEJ or any of its members.

As our guest, please respect our interest in open discussions of environmental issues by respecting all participants in sessions you attend and not disrupting presentations of views you disagree with.

Please respect our rule that SEJ members are given preference during question-and-answer sessions.

 SEJ is committed to supporting a harassment-free environment at the conference. Please read our anti-harassment policy.

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