Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources

Testimonials from Participants

"I am a better journalist today because of IJNR and I am truly grateful for that. This program is truly one of a kind and I am honored to be a part of the IJNR family. I thank you from he bottom of my heart for providing me with a place where I can express myself, talk to like minded people and get the much needed support in these hard times."

— Candice Batista, A Greener Toronto (Great Waters Institute)

"Reporters will learn more in one week than months of on-the-job reporting."

— Paul Foy, Associated Press, Salt Lake City (Energy Country Institute)

"The Great Lakes Institutes have been among the most rewarding experiences of my career…The opportunity for journalists to interact in the field with experts is invaluable. IJNR takes the most ideal model for newsgathering and makes it better, facilitating face-to-face interaction in a collegial atmosphere… the program helps journalists step back, catch their breath, see the big picture, and become reinvigorated about not only the outdoors but also the craft of journalism and where they fit in."

— Tom Henry, The Toledo Blade (Great Waters Institute)

It was invaluable to spend this much time talking to other environmental journalists. All in all, it was transformative."

— Ginger Strand, Orion Magazine (Puget Sound Institute)

"I was gobsmacked by the diversity of speakers and topics you put together."

— Christine Dell'Amore, National Geographic News (Puget Sound Institute)

"We are reminded that it is both a duty and a privilege to do good work about issues that matter to ourselves, our families, our community and the planet. Thank you for restoring my fierce determination...A first-class experience all the way. I'll never forget my time with IJNR. Thank you for doing this work. It's important, and you do it with grace."

— Bennett Hall, Corvallis Gazette-Times/Albany Democrat Herald (Willamette Valley Institute)

"I went into the Institute feeling tired and a bit defeated. But I have come out swinging, and I owe my renewed strength to the spirit of IJNR."

— Steve Ernst, Puget Sound Business Journal

"I can't imagine a better way to learn about natural resource and environment issues than to be a part of an IJNR fellowship. I can't imagine a better way to become a better reporter and a more informed watchdog."

— Beth Casper, Statesman Journal