Covering the “environmental beat” requires that journalists have the ability to report on complex and interwoven subjects, from land use policy to laboratory discoveries; energy technologies to natural history; waste management to wilderness travel. This course will give students an introduction to finding and tackling these challenging stories. The emphasis of the class is on developing an informed and nuanced approach to reporting and writing environmental stories suitable for newspaper, magazine, and radio formats. Through this course you’ll learn about current and emerging environmental topics—both locally and nationally—while you gain hands-on experience in the basics of journalism: deciding what to write about, gathering news, conducting research, investigating, and interviewing. No background in journalism is needed, but you should be a conscientious, inquisitive, determined writer with strong basic writing skills. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENVS 001 or ENVS 002; sophomore standing.