The Energy Journalism Fellows program 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.
Applications for the 2023 Energy Journalism fellows program, which will which will be held in New York City from June 20 – June 23, 2023, are now open.
To apply for the 2023 cohort, click here. Applications are due March 1 at 11:59pm ET.
What to expect
The free program is open to journalists covering energy and the environment, with priority given to reporters with five or fewer years of experience in those issues. Please contact Jen Wu at [email protected] with any questions.
Commitment to Racial and Social Justice
The Energy Journalism Fellows program values diverse lived experiences and reporting that emphasizes the voices of marginalized people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis.
What is EJF?
Each summer, CGEP invites energy and environment journalists from around the world to participate in a seminar to learn about energy and environmental issues from experts in government, industry, and academia. The interactive program seeks to deepen journalists’ understanding of these nuanced issues and enhance their reporting.
When is it?
June 20-23, 2023.
Where will the program take place?
The program will take place at the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy in New York City.
What can I expect to learn from EJF?
The program strives to impart specialist knowledge that will help reporters look deeper at the stories they cover in a more holistic, integrated way. While we do not expect participants will emerge as experts in the topics addressed, they should have greater awareness of said topics and how they relate, thus creating the potential for fuller stories in the future.
Please note that this program does not teach basic journalism skills, as that is outside the goals of the program and expertise of the lecturers. The program also does not assign stories to reporters, or participate in any reporting efforts.
Who will teach the initiative?
Energy Journalism Fellows seminars are taught by Columbia faculty and scholars as well as other academic, private-sector and government experts. To promote an educational experience, the seminar will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule.
What topics are covered in the seminar?
Topics will cover a broad range of economic, policy and technology issues in a survey-course fashion. Focus will be on the relationship between the sectors and the need to examine and understand the energy ecosystem in total to analyze discrete components. Here is an example of a previous EJF agenda.
What format will the sessions take?
The program will strive to ensure that sessions are interactive and participatory. A lecture format will be used sparingly. Reading materials will be distributed in advance of the seminar.
I want more information. Who do I contact?
For more information, you can contact Jen Wu at [email protected] at.
Eligibility Requirements and Selection Process
What are the eligibility criteria for applicants?
The program is open to journalists covering energy and the environment for print, online and broadcast media, although preference will be given to those with 5 years or fewer of experience on the beat.
I’m currently in school. Can I still apply?
No, this program is specifically designed for currently working journalists.
I live abroad. Can I apply?
I’m a journalist who doesn’t cover energy or the environment. Can I apply?
If you are a journalist who does not currently cover energy or the environment but will begin to do so in your professional capacity in the near future, you are eligible to apply. You must, however, show that you will be covering energy and environmental topics prior to or upon completion of the program, attesting to this fact in the recommendation letter from your supervisor.
What is the selection process?
A Review Committee will look at the applications of all candidates and, from those who meet all the requirements, make its selections.
Is this a certificate or degree program from Columbia?
No, this is not a certificate or degree program.
Will I be considered a Columbia student?
No, you will not be considered a Columbia student.
Do I need letters of recommendation?
Yes. You must submit one letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor.
Can broadcast journalists apply?
Yes, as long as their reporting includes documentation on their news organization’s web sites.
Can freelance journalists apply?
Yes, freelance journalists can apply, although they will need a letter of recommendation from an editor for whom they have done reporting. All other conditions must still be met.
Participants in the program will be expected to complete an evaluation form examining the topics and sessions, which will be consulted in improving the program going forward.
Six Month Report
The participants will also be required to produce a brief report six months after the seminar that explains how EJF affected reporting on energy and environmental issues during the intervening period and references 2-4 articles that illustrate the program’s impact.
In addition, the participant’s direct manager will be required to fill out a short questionnaire at this same six-month period after the seminar to provide an independent assessment of the progress of the reporter, and whether the manager believes that EJF contributed to those gains. Managers will be made aware of this requirement when they sign off on the attendance of their reporters.