Rapid changes are underway in the energy sector, new government policies are taking shape in the U.S. and other countries and climate change is getting more attention than ever before. It is essential 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 better choices about our energy future.  

Each year, the Center on Global Energy Policy invites journalists from around the world to participate in the annual Energy Journalism Initiative seminar. Taught by CGEP scholars, Columbia faculty, and other academic, industry and government experts, the four-day seminar offers journalists the opportunity to learn about the intersecting disciplines shaping the global energy sector, including finance and markets, climate change, science and technology, and geopolitics. EJI participants will gain a greater understanding of energy issues, meet and learn from some of the world’s leading experts on these issues and enhance their networks and reporting on these vital topics. 

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. Thanks to generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CGEP Advisory Board Member Reid Hoffman, and the late Jim Rogers, for their generous support of this program since its inception in 2017.

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

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



Columbia Energy Exchange
Sammy Roth & J.D. Morris
Energy Reporters, Los Angeles Times & San Francisco Chronicle

Host Bill Loveless talks to two of the leading energy reporters in California, Sammy Roth and J.D. Morris.

Steve Mufson (Washington Post) and Amy Harder (Axios)

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