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Sunday, Oct. 23

Wed, Oct 19th

Opening Reception and Dinner

Kick off the conference in style in the InterContinental’s luxurious Grand Ballroom. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., we’ll mix and mingle for cocktails and then settle down to an only-in-Miami mix of seafood and Cuban cuisine at about 6:00 p.m. But the night isn’t just about the gourmet meal – SEJ has pulled out all the stops and assembled an all-star lineup worthy of the glitz and glamor of our host city.

Date: Wed, Oct 19th

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: The InterContinental Miami

The New Communicators

As society’s media landscape continues its dramatic diffusion, environmental journalists find themselves in a very crowded field of communicators of environmental information. Non-journalists who have a great deal of passion for environmental issues now have extraordinary access to consumers of information. These “new communicators” include artists, philanthropists, scientists, filmmakers, and more. But what happens to journalism’s dedication to accuracy and impartiality? We have assembled a most incredible panel of these new communicators to show us what they’re telling the world, and how they’re telling it.

Date: Wed, Oct 19th

Time: 9:00 pm

Location: Theater

Thu, Oct 20th

Registration

Sign up for Beat Dinners and Mini-Tours at the nearby SEJ table. If you didn’t sign up ahead of time for the Thursday tours, Saturday evening party, or Sunday morning breakfast, there may still be room — please check with registration.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 5:30 am

Location: Outside the Grand Ballroom (near elevators)

Dive on a Reef, Visit an Undersea Lab

Scuba divers, you have an unprecedented opportunity! Our first dive will be a rare trip into the waters just outside Aquarius, the only undersea research lab in the world, anchored 55 feet below the surface. On the next dive, discover a groundbreaking coral nursery among the first to actually grow threatened corals and transplant them onto dying reefs. Underwater video provided free. Drive time — 2 hours. A valid dive card is mandatory for this trip. If you haven’t been on a dive in the past year, you are strongly encouraged to attend a one-day refresher, like a PADI or NAUI-approved course. Bring your own dive gear, or rent it on site for an additional fee. SEJ members given preference.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 6:30 am

Location:

Tag Wild Sharks with Your Bare Hands

Just as shark populations worldwide are under intense pressure, due to the demand for shark’s fin soup in Asia, researchers are learning more than ever before. Join us as we tag along with Neil Hammerschlag, one of the nation’s foremost shark experts, as he searches for sharks off Florida’s shores. Capture video and stills on the water as you try out cutting-edge scientific techniques. Help take muscle samples, biopsies, fin clips, and blood draws from sharks, while also helping to measure and attach satellite tags on the animals. Along the way, you’ll encounter some of the species lurking in the waters off Islamorada, including blacktip, bull, lemon, nurse, blacknose, tiger and great hammerhead sharks. Drive time — 2 hours. SEJ members given preference.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 6:30 am

Location:

Big Sugar, Big Cleanup, Big Lake: The Sugar Industry, the Everglades Cleanup and Lake Okeechobee

Join this panoramic trek to the north edge of America’s Everglades, its 730-square-mile headwaters lake and the massive sugarcane region in between. This trip will highlight agriculture’s Everglades impacts, the government-led cleanup of nutrient pollution and the inherent conflict of one of the nation’s largest freshwater lakes providing flood control, water supply and wildlife habitat. We’ll visit the “machinery” of the Everglades cleanup: vegetation-powered filter marshes and diesel-fueled pump stations. Rolling through a vast farming landscape, we’ll talk to sugar growers about their environmental BMPs, climb the Herbert Hoover Dike to learn about its vulnerabilities and take a boat ride on Lake O. Drive time — 4 hours.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 7:00 am

Location:

Everglades National Park: Pythons, Gators and Billions for Restoration

Visit the alligator-rich, python-plagued wilderness of Everglades National Park, a forbidding wilderness struggling with water shortages, invasive species, and other consequences of South Florida’s population boom. We’ll take a boat up Tarpon Creek into Coot Bay and Whitewater Bay to look for alligators, crocodiles, manatees and mangrove cuckoos. We’ll meet Burmese pythons — constrictors that can reach lengths of up to 20 feet — that have established themselves in the park, killing native wildlife. We’ll get wet walking through the sawgrass of the park’s Pahayokee section. And we’ll wrap up with a walk down the Anhinga Trail, where a boardwalk winds through one of the most wildlife-rich sections of the park. Drive time — 3 hours.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 7:30 am

Location:

Gone Fishing: Sportfishing, Tourism and the Challenges of Protecting Fish Stocks

Recent studies found recreational fishing is having a significantly larger impact on the overfishing crisis than was previously thought. Yet progressive recreational fishing organizations are among the leaders in moving toward sustainability. So get out on the water for a day in the Florida sunshine, do some catch-and-release fishing in “the sportfishing capital of the world,” and see what onboard experts say about protecting their future catch. Fishing boat will leave directly from docks near the hotel. Drive time — 0 hours.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 8:00 am

Location:

A Swamp Slog with Clyde Butcher

The Everglades is a uniquely magical place, and the ultimate case study in our abusive relationship with nature. There’s no better introduction to the Everglades than a knee-deep hike through Big Cypress Preserve with the legendary photographer Clyde Butcher. And there’s no better introduction to the Everglades story than a bus trip along historic Tamiami Trail, from Miami’s urban core and exurban sprawl through Indian country and the River of Grass. On the ride to Clyde, experts will explain what happened to South Florida’s ecosystem and how the government is trying to fix it, with stops at a proposed skyway that could help restore Everglades flows, and at the national park that’s keeping part of the dream alive. Wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts and crappy shoes; you’ll get some swamp on you! Drive time — 3 hours.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 8:30 am

Location:

Island Sun, Trashy Electricity and a Whole Lotta Atoms in Between

NOTE: This tour — originally called "Today’s News, Tomorrow’s Nukes" — has been broadened in scope to feature a cross-section of energy issues. We'll board a boat at emerald-green Biscayne National Park, America's only one that's 95 percent ocean, and be joined by National Park Service personnel out to Adams Key — an island that could be viewed as a prototype for others because the government has used federal stimulus grant money to power all of its buildings there with the sun. See the kind of solar panel designs that have been gradually entering the residential marketplace worldwide in recent years, some which even look like roofing tiles. From there, we'll cruise past Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point nuclear power complex en route to South Miami City Hall, 17 miles downwind, where we'll discuss Turkey Point's planned expansion and the future of America's nuclear power in the aftermath of Japan's Fukushima disaster. The final stop will be at Covanta Energy's 26-year-old facility in Doral, Fla., one of several across the country in which municipal waste and biomass are used to generate renewable energy while also recovering tons of metal for recycling. Drive time — 2.5 hours.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 9:00 am

Location:

South Florida and Sea-Level Rise

Southeast Florida, where the elevation rarely exceeds six feet, is one of the world’s largest urban areas most vulnerable to sea-level rise. Join us as we see actual impacts, hear street-by-street predictions and learn of Miami-Dade County’s mitigation projects and planning efforts. We’ll stop at the County’s Emergency Operations Center to learn about the deadly synergies between sea-level rise and hurricanes and how the EOC works with media on hurricane coverage. We’ll visit a salinity control station to discuss effects of sea-level rise on canal flow, flooding and salt-water intrusion into drinking water aquifers. And we’ll drive through an array of neighborhoods differing in elevation, socioeconomic conditions and potential sea-level rise impacts, offering real-world examples of the social, economic and environmental pressures facing planners as they struggle for Miami’s future. Drive time — 3 hours.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 9:30 am

Location:

Eye of the Hurricane: The National Hurricane Center and the New “Wall of Wind”

Join us for a tour of the latest in hurricane research and forecasting, featuring scientists who fly into the center of the storm; meteorologists who predict the paths and intensities of the world’s largest storms at Florida International University; and scientists delving into the reason houses and other buildings blow apart during hurricane-force winds. We’ll meet with the director and top scientists at the National Hurricane Center, witness a Category 5 hurricane in the new wind tower at the hurricane think tank and discuss vast improvements in airborne technology used to measure the strength and direction of hurricanes and the latest theories on how to predict when hurricanes strengthen. Drive time — 1 hour.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 10:00 am

Location:

Independent Hospitality Receptions and Ride-and-Drive Preview

What could be better after a day of shark tagging, swamp slogging, deep-sea fishing, nuke duking, storm chasing, gator wrestling — and whatever else SEJ had you doing in the field — than to share some great conversation, food and drink in the Thursday evening independent receptions? Hosts include Bracewell and Giuliani, CERES, Green Car Group, National Parks Conservation Association, Nestlé Water North America, Nissan, and more. Also take some time to browse through the exhibit area in the East and West mezzanine and find information and sources for apes and turtles, autos and energy, oceans and outer space — and so much more. Sign up to test-drive prototype alternative-fuel vehicles, back by popular demand, and leaf through samples of colleagues' reporting.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Grand Ballroom and Mezzanine

Photography As Environmental Journalism

Receding glaciers. Oily seabirds. Drowning polar bears. Drought-stricken land. Flooding rivers. If these words elicit vivid images in your brain, you can thank photographers who are conveying powerful environmental information in a way the written word will never match. Photographers have argued for generations that they are as much about journalism as writers. And, in a time when society's understanding of complex environmental issues is minimal, the photojournalist may be more important than ever. SEJ has assembled some of the most notable and impactful environmental photographers who have agreed to tell the tales behind their most compelling images. We'll meet in the InterContinental's state-of-the-art theater to see these images projected in high-def on the big screen.

Date: Thu, Oct 20th

Time: 9:00 pm

Location: Theater

Fri, Oct 21st

Registration

Sign up for Beat Dinners and Mini-Tours at the nearby SEJ table. If you didn’t sign up ahead of time for the Saturday evening party, or Sunday morning breakfast, there may still be room — please check with registration.

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 7:00 am

Location: Outside the Grand Ballroom (near elevators)

Breakfast Plenary — Communicating Science: Reporters Go Head to Head with Top Ocean Scientists

From extreme weather, to climate change and ocean acidification — bridging the chasm between science and society has never been more urgent. Top journalists will interview four of the nation's leading scientists for their unvarnished views on why living in the coastal zone will become increasingly dangerous, to explore the link between climate change and extreme weather, and hear why ocean acidification should be on everyone's radar screen. Join this panel of leading scientists and journalists to investigate the issues and discuss how reporters can work with scientists to bring the latest, most relevant and accurate information to readers, listeners and viewers. Bring your tough questions and an open mind and participate in this fast-paced discussion that will kick-start the conference. SEJ dedicates this session to the memory of Stephen Schneider (1945 - 2010), Stanford University climatologist and lifelong champion for better communication between scientists and journalists.

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 7:00 am

Location: Grand Ballroom

Taking Stock Online Convener: Commission for Environmental Cooperation

"Taking Stock Online" is a potential goldmine for reporters: An integrated, multi-year database covering over 500 toxic substances and almost 100 major industrial sectors in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It's a remarkable tool that improves the public's (and journalists') access to information on toxic discharges and transportation, and is graphics- and Google Earth-friendly. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation is chartered by the governments of the US, Mexico and Canada to "facilitate collaboration and public participation to foster conservation, protection and enhancement of the North American environment." CEC executive director Evan Lloyd is scheduled to give the presentation.

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 8:45 am

Location: Mezzanine East near registration

Opening Plenary — Fish Fight

Scientists have been warning for a decade that the modern era — with overfishing, offshore oil and gas drilling, and global warming — has depleted many fish stocks to dangerously low levels. Federal and regional managers in the U.S. have begun to respond, imposing curbs on fishing across the country and working to devise new approaches to governing the sea. But these measures have prompted an outcry both from some of the people who fish for a living, and those who serve up the daily catch to voracious consumers across the globe. Panelists will include high-profile marine scientists, a working fisherman and a sportfishing representative. All of them will grapple with the question: have we reached the limits of the sea’s abundance, or is there more beneath the waves?

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Grand Ballroom

Beverage Break and News Conference Podium

Convener: Oceana More than a year after Deepwater Horizon, many claim that offshore drilling is safer. But upon close scrutiny, new regulations won’t prevent another spill. While BOEMRE has issued some new rules, they fall woefully short of what’s needed to protect Americans from another catastrophic, expensive spill. Oceana will present new research on the effectiveness of the new safety measures, in light of the many failures that led to last year’s spill. Presenter Jackie Savitz is a senior marine scientist and climate/energy campaign director for Oceana, a non-profit conservation group that works to restore and protect oceans.

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Mezzanine East near registration

Concurrent Sessions 1

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 11:00 am

Location:

Network Lunch and Breakout Sessions

Choose a discussion table on a wide range of timely topics and reporting tips. Just grab your lunch and locate the discussion of your choice. Check the Network Meals flyer at the Registration Desk for details. Concurrent with the small-group discussions, the following breakout sessions are first-come, first-served. Pick up your lunch and beverage and head to the session of your choice.

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 12:15 pm

Location:

Concurrent Sessions 2

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 2:00 pm

Location:

Special Newsmakers Forum

Bring your pad and pencil, journalists, to this specially scheduled Newsmakers Forum, as SEJ makes available to you top names in environmental issues.

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 3:30 pm

Location: Grand Ballroom

Beverage Break and News Conference Podium

A Better Way to Fish Convener: Oceansmart, Inc. Hans Jusseit is a veteran longline tuna fisherman and managing director of OceanSmart. The "Smart Hook" is designed to minimize the longline fishery's impact on seabirds, sea turtles and other "bycatch."

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Mezzanine East near registration

SEJ Membership Meeting

All SEJ members should plan to attend the annual membership meeting. Our agenda includes board elections to fill three seats and brief reports on SEJ programs, finances and membership. This is your opportunity to share ideas and talk about SEJ issues that are important to you.

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Grand Ballroom

Beat Dinners on South Beach, and a VIP Film Fest

This year we’re offering a beat dinner experience like never before. We’ll start on the sandy shores of South Beach, where you can mingle for mojitos before walking up Lincoln Road, a famous pedestrian thoroughfare chock full of delicious delicacies and unparalleled people-watching. Dine over the catch of the day or authentic Cuban cuisine as you discuss emerging environmental issues or talk shop about the craft of journalism.

Date: Fri, Oct 21st

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: South Beach

Sat, Oct 22nd

Registration

Sign up for Mini-Tours at the nearby SEJ table. If you didn’t sign up ahead of time for the Saturday evening party, or Sunday morning breakfast, there may still be room — please check with registration.

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 7:00 am

Location: Outside the Grand Ballroom (near elevators)

Breakfast

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 7:00 am

Location: Grand Ballroom

Workshop: Dig, Investigate, Get Results! — An NAHJ Workshop

This session is for journalists who want to build their investigative reporting skills. Learn how to develop a “documents state of mind”; navigate public records; dig up “hard-to-get” information; do background checks and pick the right “characters” to make a good investigative story; and how to make it visual to produce high-impact local and national stories. This workshop will have a focus on environmental investigative reporting for print and for television. Attendees will leave ready with ideas for quick-hit investigations, better knowledge of available datasets, tips on the art of source development, and how to use the Internet as an investigative tool.

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 7:30 am

Location: Chopin Ballroom

Breakfast Breakout Sessions

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 7:30 am

Location: Theater & Sandringham

Beverage Break

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 8:45 am

Location: Mezzanine near registration

Concurrent Sessions 3

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 9:00 am

Location:

Beverage Break and News Conference Podium

Convener: U.S. Forest Service U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will present and take questions on the Forest Service's new Planning Rule, which will set guidelines for how America's 155 national forests will be managed for years to come. USFS received over 300,000 public comments on the rule, which is due to be finalized later this year. Chief Tidwell is a 33-year veteran of the Forest Service. His career has included stints in the field and in Washington DC as a district ranger, regional forester, forest supervisor and legislative affairs specialist.

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 10:15 am

Location: Mezzanine East near registration

Concurrent Sessions 4

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 10:45 am

Location:

Lunch and Plenary — Flood, Sweat and Fears: Climate Change and Extremes

Climate change goes extreme and gnarly. In 2010, we saw one weather system that killed thousands of people with a record heat wave in Russia and cataclysmic flooding in Pakistan. Some have tried to connect it to climate change. Could it have happened without climate change? And speaking of flooding, Miami and South Florida would be mostly gone with a meter of sea-level rise. When scientists talk about a four- or five-degree temperature increase, that’s a change in averages. Where it really hits home is the extremes — flooding, storms, heat waves, precipitation — and in the slow and steady increase in sea-level rise. We’ll look at both in an area that could be considered ground zero for climate extremes and impacts from elevated sea levels.

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Grand Ballroom

Mini-Tour Adventures

Tours will begin loading outside the front entrance of the Intercontinental Hotel immediately following the Saturday lunch plenary, and depart promptly at 2:15 p.m. SEJ staff and volunteers will be outside the hotel's front entrance to help you find your bus — all staged and numbered like below.

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 2:15 pm

Location:

NAHJ Afternoon Panel Sessions

Concurrent with Mini-Tours, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists will have panel sessions at the InterContinental that are open to SEJ conference attendees who don't take a tour.

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 2:15 pm

Location:

Dinner, Awards, Eco-Fashion Show and After-Parties

Of all the "certified" and "sustainable" consumer initiatives — from wood furniture to aquarium fish — perhaps sustainable seafood is the most pervasive. And it can link every consumer in every city with protecting the world's oceans and its overfished species. But there are competing sustainable seafood initiatives that disagree on some aspects. Arguably the world's leader on this issue, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's "Seafood Watch program" is assisting with an extraordinary seafood dinner for SEJ attendees at one of South Beach's most sustainable restaurants, Eden. During this lively and less formal panel discussion held under the stars and swaying palms in Eden's outdoor courtyard, we'll hear from top experts on this issue as we eat away at delicious, sustainably harvested seafood and locally grown produce. We'll talk with celebrity chefs who sometimes anger customers but stick to their commitment to order sustainably. And we'll examine the Marine Stewardship Council's standards, which some scientists allege are not strong enough

Date: Sat, Oct 22nd

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Eden Restaurant

Sun, Oct 23rd

Fairchild Garden Tours, Authors and Pitch Slam

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is full of compelling stories for journalists. It’s one of the world’s premier gardens, internationally recognized for its headline-grabbing research, conservation, horticulture and education programs. Fairchild combines the beauty of its location with its role as a living museum, laboratory, center of learning and conservation research facility. Fairchild plays an important role in preserving biodiversity; the garden’s scientists and staff are contributors to an intense global effort to identify, understand and conserve plants and endangered plant species. Pre-registration and $25 fee required.

Date: Sun, Oct 23rd

Time: 7:30 am

Location:

Breakfast, Welcome and Orientation

We’ll have a sumptuous breakfast featuring fresh tropical fruit grown locally on the Fairchild Farm, along with assorted quiches and fancy pastries.

Date: Sun, Oct 23rd

Time: 8:00 am

Location:

Breakfast Plenary with the Authors

South Florida is home to the most ambitious ecosystem restoration project on the planet in the Everglades. One of the largest of the nation’s marine sanctuaries envelops the Florida Keys. The state of Florida has purchased vast tracts of wetlands and forests over the last three decades. And yet the region’s selling-swampland history, its continuing destruction of wetlands and increasingly serious water shortages cast grave doubt on prospects that the place can ever be made sustainable for the long term. Hear from SEJers who have written books that explore this environmentally embattled corner of the planet, branching out from journalist to author, and get ideas on how you could pursue book projects.

Date: Sun, Oct 23rd

Time: 8:30 am

Location: The Jean Ellen duPont Shehan Visitors Center Ballroom

Garden Tours

Fairchild's historic 83-acre landscape includes some of the world's rarest plants, including threatened species of palms, cycads, and tropical fruit trees. These plants provide a glimpse of the world's vanishing tropical flora. Take a break from panel sessions and enjoy a guided stroll through different parts of the gardens to hear from Fairchild scientists about their work to collect, study, and conserve tropical plants in South Florida and worldwide.

Date: Sun, Oct 23rd

Time: 10:00 am

Location:

Book Author Pitch Slam

Journalists will step up to the mike and have two minutes to pitch a book idea to a panel of seasoned publishing-house editors. The panelists will critique the idea as well as the pitch, and share some suggestions (and maybe a few business cards) with budding authors from the floor. This is an excellent session for journalists looking to make the leap from newspapers/magazines/broadcast/online to the book world. Attendees are strongly encouraged to craft their pitch in advance and remember, you have only two minutes.

Date: Sun, Oct 23rd

Time: 11:00 am

Location: The Jean Ellen duPont Shehan Visitors Center Ballroom

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