Science Journalism

"Science and journalism are not alien cultures, for all that they can sometimes seem that way. They are built on the same foundation—the belief that conclusions require evidence; that the evidence be open to everyone; and that everything is subject to question. Both groups are comprised of professional skeptics. And whether it’s directed toward an experiment or a breaking news story, each can appreciate the other’s critical eye."

— “Cheerleader or Watchdog,” Nature, June 25, 2009

Genetically modified foods … climate change … vaccines … stem cell research … evolution. Americans persistently misunderstand, misrepresent or disregard the science behind these hot-button issues and others.

There has never been a greater need for smart, well-educated journalists and scientists with a passion for the public interest and the courage to do the right thing. Funding agencies encourage researchers to communicate their work in accessible ways to a broad, diverse audience. Yet few journalists, scientists and health professionals are trained to do so.

That’s where the University of Arizona School of Journalism comes in. Our award-winning program will train you to communicate effectively about science, technology, the environment and health issues that affect all of our lives. Writing and multimedia skills will help you land internships and jobs. After taking two multimedia classes, physics graduate student Sophia Chen found an amazing internship at WIRED magazine.