About

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There are a lot of smart people out there with all the answers. I’m not one of them. Me? I’ve got nothing but questions. The Joy Trip Project is my ongoing search to find the answers and discover how to lead a harmonious life in balance with the natural world and the rest of humanity.

As a journalist I ask questions. I connect with knowledgeable people who have come up with some kind of a solution. In some cases I just come up with more questions, but they make us think. And hopefully these questions lead us a little further along on the ourney.

Every day is a daring adventure, a trip into the joyful pursuit of our full human potential. Along this path we try, and often fail. But we persevere. We persist. Only then do we succeed. It’s an ongoing process without end. Come join me.

Objective:

The Joy Trip Project is a newsgathering and reporting organization that covers outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living.

Method:

The Joy Trip Project produces regularly occurring online content audio feature or podcast on topics related to a sustainable active lifestyle. Through aggressive reporting and creative storytelling combined with contemporary music, still photographs and video the JTP aims to inform entertain and inspire. The podcast is distributed via Real Simple Syndication (RSS) through audio programming websites such as iTunes and Podcast.com. Periodically the JTP program feed is picked up and broadcast by local member stations of National Public Radio.

Audio content developed from the JTP is also made available for distribution through the Public Radio Exchange. NPR stations and news magazines across the country can broadcast prepackaged segments of the project or commission the production of original segments of similar content specific to their editorial needs. It’s the goal of the JTP to develop and audience for stories that relate the experience of people trying to lead happy productive lives in the service of others or in protection of the environment while in the pursuit of adventure.

The JTP podcast is supported by a website that provides media resources and information that demonstrates how ordinary people make healthy lifestyle choices and become actively engaged in political and social actions that preserve wild and natural settings. The Website is strategically linked with a variety of other websites that include those of outdoor retailers, outdoor equipment manufacturers, popular consumer magazines, conservation groups and social networking web sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

The Author:

James Edward Mills is a 2014 Fellow of the Mountain & Wilderness Writing Program of the Banff Centre in Alberta Canada. As a freelance journalist and an independent media producer in a career that spans more than 20 years he specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living. Working in the outdoor industry since 1989 as a guide, outfitter, independent sales representative, writer and photographer his experience includes a broad range of expeditions that include mountaineering, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and kayaking.

James has written for several publications that include The Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Region Business Journal, Madison Magazine, Madison Sports Monthly and Wisconsin Trails. He currently is a contributor to several outdoor focused print and online publications that include National Geographic Adventure, Rock & Ice, Alpinist, SUP Magazine, Paddle Sports Business, Sporting Goods Business, Elevation Outdoors, Women’s Adventure, WEND Magazine, The Clymb, High Country News, Park Advocate Magazine, Land + People and Sierra Magazine.

With skills in audio storytelling James’ radio production credits include Wisconsin Public Radio, the Public Radio Exchange, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and the Public Radio International programs To The Best of Our Knowledge and The Tavis Smiley Show.

James lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Shamane Mills and two lovable dogs, Reba and Bella

BooksInCommonTo arrange a speaking engagement, contact Dawn Stuart at Books in Common.

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8 Responses to “About”

  1. karen mills-alston
    August 31, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    JEM,
    This is all so lovely! Every last bit of it! I cannot get over your picture with Ted Kennedy. I see all of this touching so many lives, reminding us all that life is indeed a great adventure and we get to discover our gifts and talents and share/give them to the world.

    My love,
    Karen M-A

  2. karen mills-alston
    August 31, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    JEM,
    This is all so lovely! Every last bit of it! I cannot get over your picture with Ted Kennedy. I see all of this touching so many lives, reminding us all that life is indeed a great adventure and we get to discover our gifts and talents and share/give them to the world.

    My love,
    Karen M-A

  3. Michelle Barnes
    October 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    James:
    You might want to consider covering the Denver Gorilla Run (http://www.denvergorillarun.com) that is on Oct 31 in Denver. In addition to seeing a Guinness Book of World Records for the most Gorillas, they are raising awareness and money for Mountain Gorilla Conservation — basically to assure that these amazing creatures won't go extinct. Their habitat is going away and there are only 730ish left. Rick and I are running in it in full gorilla costumes (as are the other 1000 runners).
    Keep up the great podcasts. Michelle

  4. Michelle Barnes
    October 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    James:
    You might want to consider covering the Denver Gorilla Run (http://www.denvergorillarun.com) that is on Oct 31 in Denver. In addition to seeing a Guinness Book of World Records for the most Gorillas, they are raising awareness and money for Mountain Gorilla Conservation — basically to assure that these amazing creatures won't go extinct. Their habitat is going away and there are only 730ish left. Rick and I are running in it in full gorilla costumes (as are the other 1000 runners).
    Keep up the great podcasts. Michelle

  5. October 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    Hey Michelle,Thanks for the note. That sounds like a great idea. Turns out though I won't be back in Denver until after the 14th. Coming out for the adventure film festival in Boulder. I'll keep an eye on this though. If you want to send me some photographs and an race report I'd love to post them to the blog. Little know fact, my undergrad degree is in primate behavior and neo-tropical primate ecology. Gorillas will always have a more spot in my heart and I'm happy to do all that I can to continue the effort to protect them!

  6. October 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    Hey Michelle,Thanks for the note. That sounds like a great idea. Turns out though I won't be back in Denver until after the 14th. Coming out for the adventure film festival in Boulder. I'll keep an eye on this though. If you want to send me some photographs and an race report I'd love to post them to the blog. Little know fact, my undergrad degree is in primate behavior and neo-tropical primate ecology. Gorillas will always have a more spot in my heart and I'm happy to do all that I can to continue the effort to protect them!

  7. December 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    I would like to add your info. to my website http://www.livinggreenresources.com

    Thank you,
    Dana Golden

    Let the beauty we love be what we do ~ Rumi

  8. December 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    I would like to add your info. to my website http://www.livinggreenresources.com

    Thank you,
    Dana Golden

    Let the beauty we love be what we do ~ Rumi

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