Earth Journalism Class Starts Up Again at UC Berkeley

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is once again teaming up with the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley to hold a course on international environmental reporting during this spring semester. Fourteen students will have an opportunity to learn how to cover climate change and other key global topics in ways that are both appealing and scientifically accurate.

This is the sixth year that EJN and the Journalism School have collaborated to carry out the class, which is taught by lecturers James Fahn and Mark Schapiro. The course also offers enrolled students travel grants to report on original environmental stories from overseas during spring break. This year’s class is being carried out thanks to financial support from the Kendeda Fund and Ramona Mays and the Mays Family Fund.

Topics covered last year included a look at the conflicts over lion conservation in Kenya, jaguar conservation and cacao production in Honduras, growing greens in Greenland, dam projects and rice growing in Malaysia, coffee production in Guatemala, riverine fish conservation in Thailand, and desertification in Morocco. Read the stories, along with those from previous years.

Many of the stories from previous years have been published or broadcast by well-known outlets, including National Geographic, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Mongabay, Vice, High Country News and Al Jazeera, providing their portfolios and careers with a significant boost. Several stories have also won awards, for instance from the Online News Association.

“The Earth Journalism course has made a tremendous contribution to Cal’s Graduate School of Journalism,” noted Edward Wasserman, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. “There is no other course in this school or any other I’m aware of which combines the science, the journalism and the practical experience of reporting from overseas. The course set some highly ambitious goals, and delivered on them. It’s critical that the next generation of journalists be able to operate with a deep grounding in science and strong skills in international journalism that this course has been providing.”

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