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Environmental Journalism

One way to help preserve the earth is to enter a career in environmental journalism. Journalists investigate environmental problems and their causes, report on environmental policy disputes, and communicate to the public the value of a healthy planet. A masters degree in journalism starts your career off right by making you highly competitive for the best jobs and giving you greater flexibility in your career.

While there are many general masters programs in journalism, there are a few, cited below, that specialize in environmental journalism. There are also related masters programs in science communication and public relations.

Please Note: programs change over time. Check current websites to get up-to-date information.


Columbia University

Earth and Environmental Science Journalism Program

  • LDEO / Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • 61 Route 9W, 106 Geoscience Building
  • Palisades , NY 10964
  • Phone: (845)365-8550

Degrees: Dual Degrees: M.A.- Earth and Environmental Science plus M.S. - Journalism

Description: Columbia University offers a dual master's degree program in Earth & Environmental Science Journalism. The program is co-sponsored by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences). The goal of this program is to produce graduates with a rare blend of scientific knowledge and journalistic skills. Our graduates should be able to inform the public about discoveries, insights and ideas concerning the Earth and Environment, in a manner that is simultaneously interesting and accurate. Our graduates should approach controversies about the Earth and Environment with a broad and deep knowledge base, plus a well-honed set of investigative skills.

Indiana University

  • School of Journalism and School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Contact Glenda Ketcham, (812) 855-1701.

Degrees: Dual Degrees: M.A. Journalism and M.S. Environmental Science

Description: Indiana University 's School of Journalism offers a joint graduate degree with the university's School of Public & Environmental Affairs. Students earn a dual Master of Arts and Master of Science in Environmental Science.

Michigan State University

  • Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
  • 382 Communication Arts Building
  • Michigan State University
  • East Lansing , MI 48824-1212
  • Tel : (517) 432-1415
  • Fax : (517) 355-7710
  • Email: Dr. Jim Detjen:

Degrees: M.A. Environmental Journalism

Description: The Environmental Journalism Program can be tailored to each student's field of interest in areas such as agriculture, groundwater, urban planning and zoology. Students concentrate on basic research skills, concepts, and writing; can choose from a wide range of electives within the School of Journalism ; and can specialize in an area of environmental interest. The goal of the Environmental Journalism program is to provide students with the background and expertise to accurately and fairly report on environmental topics to a wide range of audiences. The Environmental Journalism Program advises students in the design of their course work, provides hands-on training on environmental reporting, and guides them throughout their studies. Environmental journalism students can pursue careers in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, electronic media, public relations, government, education, and outreach programs.

New York University

  • Department of Journalism
  • Arthur Carter Hall, 10 Washington Place , New York , N.Y. 10003
  • Telephone: 212- 998-7980

Degrees: M.A. in Science and Environmental Reporting.

Description: The graduate Science and Environmental Reporting Program, or SERP, was started soon after the Three-Mile Island nuclear reactor accident in Pennsylvania in 1979. It is one of the oldest, most innovative and most respected programs of its type in the world. Its success stems in large part from the fact that most (but not all) of its students have one or more degrees in hard science and are exceptionally good writers. The innovative year-long Science Survey course exposes students to various specialties, including molecular biology, nutrition, infectious diseases, and energy systems and sources so they have a common knowledge base on which to build subspecialties, if they choose to do so.

Ohio State University

  • School of Natural Resources

Degrees: M.S. in Environmental Communication and Education

Description: Communication of critical resource issues has focused on needs assessment within the professional fire community, policy communications related to wildland fire, and advancing, refining and adapting needs assessment and social marketing strategies to the natural resources field. The environmental education program focuses on aquatics/fisheries topics, climate change, and classifying environmental issues. Aquatics/fisheries projects include Great Lakes fisheries education, identification of best practices for aquatic environmental education, and teachers' priorities for and knowledge of freshwater topics. Climate change research considers public understanding of climate change, global change communications, and how audiences respond to changes in hedging, gain/loss framing, and distant and local issue orientations. Data from Korea , US, and Cyprus environmental professionals provides the basis for classification of environmental issues by perceived certainty and tangibility.

University of Cincinnati

  • Department of Communication
  • Center for Health and Environmental Communication Research

Degrees: M.A. in Communication.

Description: The MA degree in Communication at the University of Cincinnati can be completed in 1 1/2 years. Students have the option to work during the fifth quarter in a paid residency position for which they receive 12 graduate credits. The Department of Communication houses the Center for Health and Environmental Communication Research, and offers graduate courses in these content areas. The faculty consists of many well-known and dedicated scholars who are experts in fields such as political communication, organizational communication, environmental communication, health communication, rhetoric and public address, mass communication and interpersonal communication. Generous financial support is available, including both tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships.

University of Colorado, Boulder

  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Center for Environmental Journalism

Degrees: M.A., with emphasis in environmental journalism

Description: More than 100 students are earning master of arts degrees at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in two degree programs: Newsgathering, and Mass Communication Research. Students in the Research and Newsgathering programs can earn the master's degree with an emphasis in environmental journalism and the University's Certificate in Environmental Policy.

University of Missouri

  • Missouri School of Journalism
  • 120 Neff Hall, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Columbia , MO 65211-1200
  • Phone: (573) 882-4821
  • Fax: (573) 884-5400

Degrees: M.A. in Environmental Reporting

Description: The Master of Arts in Journalism curriculum is based on 1) a core curriculum; 2) an optional area of emphasis and 3) a capstone experience in which the student produces a professional project or writes a thesis. After completing the core curriculum, students may tailor their graduate studies by selecting one of 16 models. (The nature and number of models available may change with time.) For students with very specialized interests, an individualized curriculum may be designed with the student's advisor, subject to approval of both a department chair and the associate dean for graduate studies.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Degrees: M.S. Life Science Communication, emphasis in natural resources/environment (Agricultural Journalism)

Description: Teaching and research in the department focus on science and technology communication in the areas of agriculture, natural resources/environment, health, nutrition, and family and consumer affairs. The department also has a strong program in international development communication. The graduate programs provide advanced professional training in communication, and preparation for communication research and teaching. Most students in the master's program have career goals of becoming professional communicators, particularly in the science and technology fields. Department research includes evaluation of educational campaigns, research on information processing and message effects, and use of communication technologies. In development communications, research looks at communication from the indigenous to the mass media levels as well as organizational communication. Graduate students have considerable freedom in selecting topics for thesis and dissertation research as long as these topics fall within the broad interests of the department.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Degree: M.A. in Journalism, with emphasis in science, technology and environment communication

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