This month’s journalism webinar marked the second in a series exploring innovative ways to fund reporting on science, health and the environment. This time, we looked at the field of environmental reporting and heard about successful partnerships and scalable models.

It comes at an important time for MIF, as we just announced a new focus on programming around the environment in the coming year in response to the increasingly urgent need to address global climate change. (See our list of events.)

We heard from:

Diane Ives, Fund Advisor at the Kendeda Fund, a long-standing funder of environmental journalism, shared details about Kendeda’s support for various environmental reporting outlets. Ives identified several strategies for how Kendeda approaches its support of media that reaches environmental issues.

Justin Kenney, communications consultant for the environment at the Walton Family Foundation, discussed Walton’s support for environmental journalism, including reporter trainings, a coastal desk at the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw and Andrew Simon of Grist talked about their involvement in collaborative efforts in environmental reporting, including creative content partnerships and a new initiative around diversity and environmental media. Grist is centered on three main themes that include finding solutions, creating equity, and empowering and activating people to take action.

Philip Johnson, Environment and Health Program Director for The Heinz Endowments, will discuss support for Environmental Health News and other environmental journalism initiatives funded by Heinz.

Kaitlin Yarnall Chief Storytelling Officer and Senior Vice President at National Geographic, described National Geographic’s collaborative environmental reporting partnership with Lenfest Institute and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Watch the webinar:

About the Author
Nina Sachdev

Nina Sachdev

Communications Director

Nina is a many-hat-wearing multitasking extraordinaire. She brings more than 15 years of journalism, news editing and marketing experience to her role as MIF’s communications director. Before joining MIF in 2016, Nina worked on the brand creative team at the corporate offices of Petco Animal Supplies, editing and auditing internal and external marketing communications. In her career as a journalist, Nina has worked at The Dallas Morning News, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, The Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Weekly in almost every editorial capacity imaginable, including senior editor. Nina is the creator and co-editor of the award-winning The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse, a book-length work of nonfiction that utilizes first-person storytelling to address the reality of healing from the effects of sexual abuse. Nina holds an M.A. in journalism from Temple University.