Outdoor Writers Association of America

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Three tips for students stepping into the outdoor communication space

The world of journalism and outdoor communication is intimidating. It’s a competitive field where you are forced to make a name for yourself, and your job opportunities mostly rely on who you know. Making connections is daunting enough, and for those who want to go into a  specific niche of journalism, the challenges seem even …

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Meet OWAA member Howard Fox

The Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) provides resources to help our members flourish as outdoor communicators and establish themselves as industry leaders. We create opportunities to make valuable industry and personal connections, sharpen professional skills, showcase work, and gain access to in-demand educational resources and mentorship opportunities. There are many Individual member benefits. Howard Fox …

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Three resources for building your environmental beat as a journalist

I didn’t love working at my local NPR radio station for the first few months. Writing one-minute stories covering Abilene, Texas city council lawn mowing contracts and library fundraisers wasn’t  the high-impact journalism I had in mind when I became a journalism major. And worse than not feeling like I wasn’t making an impact – …

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So you want to be a gear tester? What it’s really like when you’re paid to play

Tips on how to become a gear tester with Dan Nelson, Gear Institute editor and long-time member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Sitting inside a leaky tent, wrapped in a bag seemingly stuffed with turkey quills rather than goose down, I had an epiphany: Gear testing really is work. It was the mid-1990s …

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Top 10 ways to make the most of an OWAA conference

Drawing hundreds of media members and some of the industry’s brightest stars — and offering innumerable workshops, seminars and activities — the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) conference, taking place September 9-11, 2023 in Gulf Shores, Alabama can be the most fun and rewarding event you’ll attend all year. It also can seem a bit overwhelming. …

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