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View of a slot canyon in El Paso, Texas Guadalupe Mountains

Outdoor Media Story Leads: Discover El Paso’s Franklin Mountains & Surrounding National Parks

Located at the corner of two countries and three states, El Paso is a popular destination for outdoor adventures. Within its city limits alone, El Paso is home to the majestic Franklin Mountains State Park, 27,000 acres of rugged desert land and vegetation, miles of hiking trails, and curious species. A short car ride away […]

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View overlooking Johnson City, Tennessee where the Outdoor Writers Association will hold the 2024 July Field Fest for Outdoor Media

Explore Johnson City, Tennessee at OWAA’s July 2024 Field Fest for Outdoor Media

Visit Johnson City Tennessee staff is gearing up to host the inaugural OWAA Field Fest this summer, July 7-11, 2024 at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee.  OWAA’s Field Fest is a “mash-up” of a mini-conference, marketplace for outdoor communicators and various small group press trips. (It’s also an opportunity for OWAA to work with

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Youth writing and photography contests aim to inspire the next generation 

OWAA leadership, staff, and outdoor media professionals continue to be inspired by the quality of outdoor writing and photography submitted by budding outdoor communicators. And it’s more than just words and images on a page.  “The contest isn’t just about the writing or photography,” said OWAA’s Executive Director Chez Chesak. “It’s about inspiration. It’s about

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What you may not know about sustainable writing and inclusive outdoor language

Language is alive. All humans depend on ever-evolving languages and their ability to grow and change to better reflect our cultural contexts. Language, like our natural world, has been tended to and curated by people for millennia. Much like natural resources, there are sustainable and unsustainable practices. Knowing the histories of the words and terms

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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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