Since 1995, IJNR has been providing top-quality immersion training programs for environment and natural resource journalists throughout North America.
The mission of the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources is to promote public dialogue about natural resource issues through programs that inform, empower and inspire better journalism.
How It Works
IJNR helps improve coverage of natural resource issues by taking professional journalists on multi-day, expenses-paid, immersive field trips to locations throughout North America. We believe that the free exchange of ideas, even inconvenient and dissenting ideas, is critical to telling a story truthfully. Over the course of more than 70 institutes, we have designed an experiential learning model that gives journalists an opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of the environment, economic and cultural landscapes underlying the most contentious natural resource issues of our time.
Our fellowships are designed for reporters and editors who aspire to produce deeper, more explanatory news coverage of issues such as water quality, quantity, and use, climate change, urban development, land use, energy exploration and consumption, wildlife, agriculture, wildfire, fisheries, forestry, and public health. In time, the increased accuracy, depth and perspective in news coverage generated by these journalists help to promote greater public awareness, better-informed civic discourse, expanded citizen engagement, and more responsible decision-making.
Funding for IJNR programs comes from a broad spectrum of charitable foundations, conservation and environment groups, state and federal government agencies, news-media groups, natural-resource companies and trade associations, as well as individual donors. Feel free to review a list of our funders.
Please review How To Apply for details on selection criteria and the application process.
Where We've Been
What We've Achieved
Conducted more than 70 Institutes throughout North America since 1995
Helped more than 900 journalists gain a better understanding of complex natural resources issues
Our alumni represent more than 350 different news outlets around the world
Institute-inspired stories produced by participating journalists have reached hundreds of millions of readers, listeners and viewers.
Introduced thousands of expert speakers - from scientists to policymakers to farmers, fishermen, and miners - to the journalists tasked with telling their stories
Helped hundreds of journalists hone their craft and become better storytellers
Encouraged thoughtful, balanced conversation among dissenting voices about some of the most contentious natural resource issues of our time