SEJ's 29th Annual Conference • #SEJ2019 • Fort Collins, CO • Oct 9-13, 2019 • Contact


Draft Agenda*

All sessions, as well as registration, exhibits and breaks, will be at CSU’s Lory Student Center, 1101 Center Avenue Mall, Fort Collins, CO 80521, unless otherwise indicated.

* All information is subject to change. Please check back often for updates and information on event times, speakers, etc.

SEJ Student Newsroom
Room 376-378

The Student Newsroom will be available throughout the conference (times TBA), and will include some special programming, but has limited space. If you are interested in finding out more about how to participate, please contact Dr. Joe Champ, Department of Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University at

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  • Browse the agenda and get real-time updates.
  • See who’s attending: browse the attendee list or search for names.
  • Network with colleagues before, during and after the conference.
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Yom Kippur

SEJ regrets that the start of this year’s conference overlaps with Yom Kippur. While we make every attempt to avoid conflicts with religious holidays, it’s not always possible. To assist attendees who observe the holiday, SEJ has arranged with a local synagogue, Congregation Har Shalom, to welcome SEJ attendees to services on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Services will take place at the Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Avenue, Fort Collins, due to space constraints in the Har Shalom synagogue; times for services are forthcoming. There is a suggested donation of $72 per adult.

Based on attendee demand, SEJ is also exploring a break-fast meal for Wednesday night. Please contact co-chair Joshua Zaffos (email with subject “SEJ Yom Kippur”) for details, questions or suggestions.


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.

Because non-journalists are here, you may see or hear presentations or responses to presentations that you might not expect from mainstream journalists. The presentations and any responses do not necessarily reflect the views of SEJ or any of its members.

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

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

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