SEJ's 30th Anniversary Conference (Part 1), Virtual, Sept 2020

Event Date: 
September 16, 2020 to September 30, 2020

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Idaho bridges more than the continental divide:

A red state with a streak of bright purple, Idaho banks on tech, recreation and agriculture. Its history of logging, ranching and mining has left a complicated legacy on its awe-inspiring landscape. In Boise, America’s fastest growing city, you can ski and golf on the same winter day. But the challenges and opportunities facing state and tribal governments are familiar: urban sprawl, limited resources, energy sources, and conserving the wild for future generations.

COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in countless ways, including forcing SEJ to postpone our annual conference for the first time in 30 years. Instead, we held our first-ever virtual conference (#SEJ2020) September 16, 17, 23 and 30, co-chaired by Rocky Barker, Retired Daily Environmental Reporter, and Christy George, Freelance Radio News Editor.

The event convened the SEJ community to investigate environmental angles on the 2020 elections and other timely events, celebrated the winners of the SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment, and previewed workshops, tours and panels originally slated for #SEJ2021 in June.

UPDATE Mar 8, 2021: Due to pandemic restrictions, Boise State University — the host of SEJ's 2021 conference — has been forced to cancel the June 2-6, 2021 conference. SEJ hopes to reschedule this event for Spring 2023, so please stay tuned for details. Read more here. Keep up-to-date by subscribing to our Annual Conference email list.


>> See the #SEJ2020 conference agenda.

Registered attendees can watch all #SEJ2020 recordings in the Whova app.

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Protocols for SEJ Annual Conferences (how to get your proposal considered):

  • For SEJ members: The deadline was February 25 to submit your proposal for a panel session at our 30th Annual Conference in Boise in September 2020. Details will be posted here when available. Please include a draft title and speaker ideas if you have them.
  • For non-members.
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