Education and Training in Environmental Journalism

COVID-19 Resources for Teachers


Instructors in environmental journalism often find it useful to share ideas and resources, reading suggestions and examples of student projects. See also resources for students below.

Resources for teachers

Listserv for SEJ Educators — SEJ operates the SEJ-EDU e-mail listserv to serve as a forum for teachers and students to exchange information about teaching and learning environmental journalism. If you're an SEJ member, we welcome your participation. Go here for information on joining the listserv and accessing archives (you'll need your log-in info). The listserv is managed by Sara Shipley Hiles, SEJ's Board Representative for the Academic Membership.

Textbooks and syllabi 

Recommended reading about environmental journalism 

Environmental Journalism student reporting projects

Forum on Media Diversity

The Future Journalist Resource Center

Teaching tips

Peer reviewed journals in science and environmental communication

Science Communication

Environmental Communication

Public Understanding of Science

Journal of Science Communication

International Journal of Sustainability Communication

Science as Culture

Other professional groups and training resources

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

Knight Digital Media Center

National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting (NICAR)

Poynter / News University

Reynolds Institute: a two-week journalism training program for high school teachers, from American Society of News Editors.

UC Santa Barbara: Lectures/video website in honor of Bill Freudenburg, author, educator, science communicator and beloved member of the SEJ community, who died December 28, 2010. It contains 15 videos of Bill Freudenburg, including:
♦ Bill in His Own Words (interview of Bill done in November 2010)
♦ The Legacy of Bill (tributes from colleagues who attended Freudenfest)
♦ Bill's Blowout in the Gulf Lecture (lecture on his latest book, November 2010)
♦ 12 class lectures by Bill, part of his "ENVS 1 Intro to Environmental Studies" course (fall quarter, 2010). Note: Turn your volume up.


Resources for students

  • SEJ's compilation of graduate education in environmental journalism, as well as scholarships for journalism education.
  • SEJ's Young Journalists and the News page includes events and opportunities for students.
  • "Guide to Environmental Communication,", by Kaitlin Louie. Includes information on careers and lists master's programs in environmental journalism and communication.
  • LA Tutors awards students who showcase their creativity and make positive impacts with a $500 Innovation in Education Scholarship. On an ongoing monthly basis, this scholarship is open to all currently enrolled high school and college students who showcase their creativity while helping those around them (whether that be in a creative fundraiser, inventive new app, series of blog posts on a particular theme, or another idea). The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month.
  • The National Press Club Scholarship for Diversity Honoring Julie Schoo, aiming to bring diversity to U.S. journalism, is offering a $5,000 one-year scholarship (renewable for up to three years) to high school seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better who are preparing to enter college and intend to become a journalist. Deadline: Apr 15, 2021.
  • Online Communication Degree Programs (includes links to MOOCs and other free programs)
  • STDLabs is offering a $1500 award for the Fall 2020 semester (deadline Nov 1, 2020) and for the Spring 2021 semester (deadline Jun 1, 2021). Available to any student currently enrolled in any degree program at any accredited U.S. university. The mission of the "Test Yourself" Scholarship is to highlight the character-building value of facing a challenge head on.


Suggestions and questions: Sara Shipley Hiles, SEJ's Board Representative for the Academic Membership