Science and environmental journalism classes

Other classes that also will give you a competitive edge in the science journalism job market

  • JOUR 506 Introductory and Advanced Reporting: Report and write news articles and feature stories.
  • JOUR 507 Reporting with Multimedia: Shoot still photos and video, record audio and produce multimedia stories.
  • JOUR 422/522 Publication Design: Learn to design and lay out a variety of media.

JOUR 455/555 Environmental Journalism: This hands-on course teaches you to write stories, shoot photos and produce infographics that illuminate the wonders and complexities of environmental discoveries, issues and the people behind them. This course emphasizes the role of the environmental journalist not as an advocate but as a reporter who accurately and fairly reports the news. You’ll find interesting angles in journal articles, interview scientists, evaluate competing claims made by sources, write accurate stories about complex concepts and processes, and respond to editing. Readings, discussions and guest speakers explore key issues involved in communicating with the public about the environment, such as balance, scientific uncertainty, ethical codes and the differences between environmental journalism and environmental communication. NO PREREQUISITES. OPEN TO UA STUDENTS IN ALL MAJORS.

JOUR 465/565 Issues in Covering Science and the Environment: This discussion course introduces students to the professional, legal, economic and ethical factors that affect print, broadcast and digital journalists as they cover science and the environment. Guest speakers—both science journalists and scientists—explore the ways in which science news both reflects and influences the attitudes of the public and policymakers. Readings, case studies and discussions look at issues of balance, scientific uncertainty, accuracy and ethical codes for science journalists. NO PREREQUISITES. OPEN TO UA STUDENTS IN ALL MAJORS.

JOUR 472/572 Science Journalism: This hands-on course covers the basics of writing compelling, substantive stories about science discoveries, issues and the people behind them. You’ll also shoot photos and produce an infographic to accompany your stories. Using some of that content, students produce SciView magazine annually. Readings, discussions and guest speakers explore key issues involved in communicating with the public about science, such as balance, scientific uncertainty, accuracy, ethical codes and the differences between science journalism and science communication. NO PREREQUISITES. OPEN TO UA STUDENTS IN ALL MAJORS.