Newsgathering Print – Environmental
In collaboration with the University’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Environment, Policy and Society, the program offers students the opportunity to earn both the master’s degree in journalism, with an emphasis in environmental journalism, and the Certificate in Environmental Policy. The time to complete the degree and the certificate is estimated to be about two years.
Course Requirements for the Certificate Program
A total of 42 credit hours is required to graduate with an environmental emphases in print.
To qualify for the certificate, students must complete at least 18 hours of course work from the more than 40 courses in environmental policy and policy sciences offered at CU-Boulder, including the two capstone seminars. No more than 6 of the 18 hours required for the certificate may be in the Journalism and Mass Communication program. For students seeking the certificate, the following adjustments to the journalism program are recommended:
Journalism Core Requirements (9 hours)
JOUR 5511 Newsgathering 1, fall semester
JOUR 5521 Precision Journalism, fall semester
JOUR 6651 Media Law, second fall semester
Print Sequence Requirements (15 hours)
JOUR 5552 News Editing, spring semester
JOUR 5502 Newsgathering 2, second fall, spring or summer semester
JOUR 5851 Professional Project – Print
JOUR 5301 or 6661 Media Ethics or JOUR 6771 History of Mass Comm
One conceptual or professional course. See Master’s Courses
Required Electives (18 hours)
JOUR 5822 Reporting on the Environment, spring semester
JOUR 5812 Science Writing, fall semester
Four Environmental Certificate courses
Print students will produce a major product on an environmental subject typical of the work done by professionals in the field — e.g., a series of in-depth investigative or feature articles; a package of opinion pieces; or a rationale, design and mock-up for a magazine with sample articles. Students will submit their products and accompanying support materials at an oral defense before their committee.
Degree requirements are subject to change.
Journalism and Mass Communication
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