Center for Environmental Journalism
Through the Center for Environmental Journalism, the CMCI seeks to enrich public understanding of environmental issues by elevating the quality, range and depth of coverage by journalists. The center does this by helping seasoned and emerging journalists enhance their knowledge of the scientific, economic, political and social aspects of these issues. The center’s faculty members report on environmental issues with students and also conduct research at the intersection of environmental issues, communication and policy.
The CEJ focuses on professional development of working journalists, research on media, environment and society, and student education. The centerpiece of programs for journalists is the Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism, a nine-month academic program that gives eligible professional journalists an opportunity to audit classes, conduct in-depth research, and reflect on critical questions without the pressure of deadlines. For students, the CEJ offers a master’s degree with an emphasis in environmental journalism, as well a doctoral community for students interested in researching media and the environment, media and scientific communication, risk communication, and corollary fields.
Center for Media, Religion, and Culture
The Center for Media, Religion and Culture conducts groundbreaking research and promotes innovative teaching at the intersection of religion, media and public life. It is one of very few institutions worldwide dedicated to academic research, teaching and public outreach in this rapidly emerging field. It brings together national and international scholars, students, professionals and the general public at its widely attended conferences, seminars and workshops.
The center has received major funding from foundations in the U.S. and abroad to support its work, including the Lilly Endowment, Ford Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, The Social Science Research Council and the Schichtung Porticus Foundation.
Over the years, the center has become a significant, internationally-recognized research institution attracting visiting scholars from abroad and first-rate graduate students interested in the multidisciplinary study of mediated religion. CMRC finds a natural home and partner in the new College of Media, Communication and Information as a unique and effective platform to foster its teaching mission and its multidisciplinary scholarship on the impact of communication technologies on social and cultural change.
Digital News Test Kitchen
The Digital News Test Kitchen is a research, training and outreach program that identifies emerging technologies with current and future implications for news-gathering and news presentation. Test Kitchen students and faculty conduct cross-disciplinary research; provide training in new technologies for journalism classes, and organize guest speakers and symposia on topics related to digital journalism.