Environmental Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowship kicks off

The Seattle Globalist launched our first  Environmental Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowship workshop this past Monday and we are excited to welcome our four fellows. The fellowship cohort brings a variety of skillsets and backgrounds. Fellows are rooted in their communities and bring with them unique storytelling skills that draw from background such as public relations, international studies, audio storytelling and education.

  • Jadenne Cabahug is an Advanced Producer with RadioActive Youth Media.
  • Frances Lee comes from a background of essay writing and currently works as a Program Manager at Resource Media.
  • Guy Oron went through The Seattle Globalist’s apprenticeship program and is studying International Studies at the University of Washington.
  • Thea White also was part of the apprenticeship program and is a college success coach with College Access Now.

The fellows will learn about investigative journalism and report on environmental justice issues in the community over the next six months.

Program lead Aaron Burkhalter is rooted in local community journalism and has been a writer for The Skagit Valley Herald. Most recently he served as editor for Real Change. Local community journalist Kamna Shastri will lead the fellows as they go about their collaborative reporting.

The fellowship runs in two phases. First, the fellows will spend ten weeks together in weekly workshops, learning the basics of investigate journalism and pooling together their skill and expertise to research and write a deeply reported piece. During the second phase, they will spend time on individual projects reporting environmental justice stories affecting local immigrant communities and communities of color. The stories for this second round will be sourced from community members. If you have an environmental justice issue affecting your neighborhood that you would like us to know about, please e-mail us at info@seattleglobalist.com