Canadian Researcher Jude Isabella Recieves Funding from Environmental Journalists

by: EJ on 01/12/2011

Jude Isabella, a scientist, freelance writer and editor of YES Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds was recently awarded a grant in the inaugural round of funding from the Fund for Environmental Journalism. The money goes towards work on her upcoming book about pacific salmon. She is investigating how human and salmon life histories are intertwined. Isabella blogs at Adaptive Capacity and is also a regular contributor to The Tyee, including the recent series on salmon - Salmon of the Future and Meet the Super Sockeye.

In an article written for the BC Maritime Museum she says, "If one image could illustrate the history of fishing in British Columbia, it would be a salmon, curved into a dollar sign, fighting its way upriver. Every time the fish leaps in the air, grasping hands - from a few individuals, but mostly corporations and bureaucracies - almost prevent the salmon from reaching its destination."

Her careful research and accessible writing style bring to life our intimate connection to the fish that have fed our region for generations. The role that salmon play in the economy and lifestyle of British Columbians cannot be underestimated and Jude Isabella helps us understand how the intimate ties between fish and human have been forged over the years.

The Fund for Environmental Journalism is a project of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ). Launched in the summer of 2010, the aim of the fund is to serve as an incubator for new ideas, projects and training for environmental journalists.

"We wanted to help somehow, without competing with our own members," SEJ President Christy George said. "The idea that emerged from months of discussion was the Fund for Environmental Journalism. These grants will help environmental journalists struggling in the current media environment to redefine themselves, or their platform."

SEJ is presently soliciting individual contributions to help establish and grow the SEJ Fund for Environmental Journalism, set up expressly to provide incentives and support to qualified journalists and news organizations to enhance the quantity and quality of environmental journalism.

Jude Isabella explains why this is important.

"To be a journalist is to have a passion for truth. To be an environmental journalist is a doubling of that passion. That's often not enough, however, to continue working in our chosen profession. We have to balance paying the bills with pursuing topics that are important to understand and share with the public — topics that are typically unpopular with the kinds of businesses that make money. As we struggle to find a new business model for journalism, we need the Fund for Environmental Journalists more than ever — without it, some quality environmental journalism would simply not get done."

For more information, see their website.


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