SEJ Post-Conference Tour:

North America's
Great Lakes

October 7-10, 2018

Northern Michigan

Application deadline: Friday, August 17


The Great Lakes represent 20 percent of the world’s available fresh surface water, but this incredible resource is challenged in a number of ways. The 2018 SEJ post-conference tour, organized and presented by IJNR, will explore environment and natural resource issues in northern Michigan, where lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron come together (and which also happens to be spectacular in October!).

Potential topics include:

  • Line 5 and renewable energy

  • Trans-basin diversions and the Great Lakes Compact

  • Tribal hunting and fishing rights

  • Aquatic invasive species

  • Climate change impacts on the Great Lakes

  • Terrestrial climate impacts

  • Legacy pollution of mining, timber and shipping industries

The tour is tentatively scheduled to begin in Flint at noon Sunday, October 7 and return to Flint by 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 10.

Participants will be chosen by the IJNR Selection Committee no later than September 1, 2018.

Application deadline: Friday, August 17, 2018 

Read more about our application process. 

Participants must be 2018 SEJ conference attendees who are working journalists.

The tour will be free of charge for participants.

The mission of  the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources is to advance public understanding and civic engagement about environment, natural resource, public health and development issues through better journalism. IJNR conducts expenses-paid, expedition-style training and professional development programs for journalists at all career stages and from all sorts and sizes of news outlets, ranging from newspapers and magazines to radio, television and online operations. 

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This Institute is funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and by other foundations and individuals. 


IJNR maintains editorial independence and control in all of its programming and decision-making.