Training tomorrow’s environmental journalists: Assessing the extent of environmental-themed training in college-level journalism programs

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Abstract

While the scale of the environmental problems facing the planet mean that effective environmental journalism is now more important than ever, the environmental beat can be extremely challenging for journalists. One way to address this is by providing specialized training for future journalists. This study involves an investigation of the extent to which environmental reporting is currently addressed within college-level journalism programs. Results of a course catalog analysis, student survey, and campus newspaper content analysis indicate that despite a strong interest in environmental reporting among journalism students, opportunities to learn about this specialty remain limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Environmental Education and Communication
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Environmental Science(all)

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