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Happy Holidays Uprooters! 

I can’t believe 2022 is already coming to a close. This year feels like it has flown by and with it, so many of Uproot’s accomplishments. The Uproot Project has achieved so much in the past year from an abundance of new members to our first in-person event. I am incredibly honored to be able to support Uproot’s growth thus far and excited for all we have in store for 2023.

Before I unveil some of our plans for the next year, let me recap some of Uproot’s highlights from the past year: 

  • We officially launched The Uproot Project Database!

    • The Uproot Project Database is a critical resource for journalists who are seeking to connect with editors, mentors, experts, sources, and other journalists of color within the environmental space.

  • The Uproot Project welcomed its inaugural class of environmental justice fellows!

    • The Uproot Project’s Environmental Justice Fellowship helps underrepresented journalists shed light on undercovered topics.This new fellowship offers funding to seven journalists to pursue reporting projects over the course of a year. Meet our 2022 class of fellows here!

  • We have amassed a social media following of over 5,000 followers!

    • The Uproot Project’s social media uplifts the voices of environmental journalists of color, provides resources for our members, and engages Uproot with the public. Connect with us on Instagram and Twitter.

  • The Uproot Project hosted its first in-person event in NYC! 

    • This exhibit featured work from five Uproot members: Yessenia Funes, Adam Mahoney, Shantal Riley, Rachel Ramirez and Lylla Younes. Through audio and video, each featured journalist took the audience through their experience reporting on their story and why it is so important to have diverse voices at the forefront of environmental reporting. Explore the audio and video here

Reflecting on the past year and seeing everything The Uproot Project has accomplished is incredible and it makes me even more eager to get started on the amazing things we have planned for 2023. Here are some of the projects I am most excited about:

  • The Uproot Project’s 2023 National Member Convening at the SEJ conference

    • The Uproot Project plans to host our 2023 member convening on Friday, April 21st in Boise, ID in conjunction with the SEJ conference. The convening will provide an opportunity for Uproot to deliver programming updates and exciting announcements as well as a safe space for Uprooters to gather and connect in person. Also, if you missed The Journey of a Story exhibit in NYC, you’ll have a chance to see in at SEJ!

  • Launching the Community Leaders program! 

    • The Uproot Project Community Leaders program formally brings together regional ambassadors in the Uproot network to support and advocate on behalf of Uproot. Community leaders will help build trust among new Uproot members, organize regional events for Uprooters in their areas, and represent The Uproot Project. If you’re interested in potentially becoming a Community Leader, let us know at More info to come! 

  • Journey of a Story: What Indigenous looks like - exhibit and panel event! 

    • The Uproot Project will be hosting its second iteration of The Journey of a Story in the second half of 2023. This exhibit will feature the work of all types of indigenous environmental journalists of color and why it's important to cover indigenous environmental stories. This event will take place in Chicago, IL. If you would like to participate in this event or would like to suggest a journalist for us to reach out to, please let us know at More info to come! 

I am so grateful to have a network and community like The Uproot Project and I am in awe of everything all of our members do in the field of journalism. Uprooters are the most inspiring and talented group of people and I thank you for being a part of our network. I hope you’re as excited as I am about everything Uproot is working on for next year. 

Have a happy, healthy, and restful holiday season. I can’t wait to see you all back next year! 



Director, The Uproot Project

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