Apply for the 2020 Energy Journalism Initiative

Apply for the 2020 Energy Journalism Initiative, which will be held June 16-19, 2020, in New York at Columbia University. To apply, please complete the online application, and submit three samples of your work along with a letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor.

Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2020.


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“Rapid changes are underway in the energy sector, we’re approaching a presidential election in the U.S., and climate change is getting more attention than ever before. It is imperative that journalists are equipped with the knowledge to report on the energy sector with insight and nuance. They are key to improving the dialogue around energy and environmental issues, creating a well-informed public and helping public and private sector leaders make good choices about our energy future.

Taught by CGEP Scholars, Columbia faculty, and other academic, industry, and government experts, the three-day seminar offers journalists the opportunity to learn about the intersecting disciplines shaping the global energy sector, including finance and markets, climate change, science and technology, and geopolitics. EJI participants will gain a greater understanding of energy policy, meet and learn from some of the world’s leading experts on these issues, and enhance their networks and reporting on these vital topics.

The program is open to journalists covering energy and the environment, with preference given to journalists with 5 or fewer years of experience on the beat. Thanks to generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CGEP Advisory Board Member Reid Hoffman, and the late Jim Rogers, the program is free to journalists and includes the cost of lodging, transportation, and most meals.

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