Rapid changes are underway in the energy sector and climate change is getting more attention than ever before. It is critical that journalists are equipped with the knowledge to report on the energy sector with insight and nuance. They are key to improving the dialogue around energy and environmental issues, creating a well-informed public, and helping public and private sector leaders make informed decisions about our energy future.  

Taught by CGEP Scholars, Columbia faculty, and other academic, industry, and government experts, the Energy Journalism Initiative (EJI) offers journalists the opportunity to learn about the intersecting disciplines shaping the global energy sector, including finance and markets, climate change, science and technology, policy, and geopolitics. Since its inception in 2017, EJI has enrolled 100 journalists from the U.S. and around the world.

EJI participants will gain a greater understanding of these topics, meet and learn from some of the world’s leading experts on these issues, and enhance their networks and reporting.

The program is open to journalists covering energy and the environment, with preference given to journalists with 5 or fewer years of experience on the beat. This program is free to journalists. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 seminar will be hosted virtually on Monday, June 13, to Friday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon ET with presentations and opportunities for small group discussion and networking. To apply for the 2022 EJI cohort, click here.

We invite you to explore the links below for additional information. Please contact Jen Wu at [email protected] with any questions.

About EJI

EJI Extra!

The Center on Global Energy Policy recently announced the EJI Extra! series, an expansion of the Energy Journalism Initiative  in which energy and environment journalists learn about energy and environmental issues from experts in government, industry and academia. EJI Extra will offer educational deep dives open to journalists covering energy and the environment from print, online and broadcast media. 

EJI Alumni

EJI Alumni represent news organizations from all over the US and across different parts of the world. Meet our alumni here

EJI Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the Energy Journalism Initiative provides advice and guidance on the design and execution of the program. We thank them for their pro-bono support.

Steering Committee Members

Travis Bradford, Adjunct Professor, Energy and Natural Resource Markets and Innovation, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Neil Brown, Director, KKR Global Institute

Lynn Doan, Editor, Energy and Commodities, Bloomberg

Steven Coll, Dean, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Ed Crooks, Vice Chair, Americas, Wood MacKenzie

Charlotte Howard, New York Bureau Chief and energy and commodities editor, The Economist

Amy Myers Jaffe, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Ed Morse, Global Head, Commodities Research, Citigroup

Shailagh Murray, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Columbia University

Christina Nelson, Assistant Editorial Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Andy Revkin, Director, Initiative on Communication and Sustainability, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Anya Schiffrin, Director, Technology, Media and Communications Specialization, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Phil Sharp, former member of Congress, former president of Resources for the Future

Simon Webb, Commodities and Energy Editor, Thomson Reuters

Justin Worland, energy correspondent, Time



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