By Curtis Brainard
Hello, all. I cover science and environmental news for Columbia Journalism Review in New York. This is my third SEJ conference and always one of my favorite events of the year because it reminds me what a great time it is to be an environmental media critic. As Virginia Governor Tim Kaine noted at the opening dinner tonight, our beat has moved out of “the shadows” to front and center in American and global consciousness.
Tonight’s awards ceremony was testimony to just how impressive environmental journalism has become in the last five years or so. Indeed, though my title is media critic, I often feel that I spend more time lauding recent innovations in environmental reportage than I do criticizing its faults. As case in point, on the plane to Roanoke, I wrote a column (link to come) for CJR rebutting a recent article from MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman, which attempted to cast environmental reporting as hollow and gutless, and which riled up a number of SEJ members.