School of Communication Offering New Master of Arts in Environmental Journalism Friday, January 3, 2020
Point Park University students journeyed to Missoula, Mont., to document an ongoing clean-up of the Upper Clark Fork River, the largest Superfund site clean-up in the United States. The result of that effort is a 17-minute documentary entitled Superfund: Tailing History. Tailing refers to residue or waste materials left over after separating valuable ore, such as copper, from rock.
"A unique facet of this program is its focus on coursework in environmental studies, enabling students not only to understand the complex science of environmental issues but also to apply this knowledge in a way that will make them respected specialists in the field, whether working as journalists or as communicators in the environmental or energy sectors of the economy."
Point Park University will offer a 36-credit Master of Arts in Environmental Journalism starting in Fall 2020. This unique new master's program combines practical communication and journalism courses with graduate-level environmental science instruction to equip students with professional skills and expertise for the growing career options in the environmental field.
“A unique facet of this program is its focus on coursework in environmental studies, enabling students not only to understand the complex science of environmental issues but also to apply this knowledge in a way that will make them respected specialists in the field, whether working as journalists or as communicators in the environmental or energy sectors of the economy,” said Steve Hallock, Ph.D., professor of journalism and director of the School of Communication graduate programs.
In a time when topics like climate change and pollution attract international media attention and corporate scrutiny, the new M.A. in environmental journalism empowers graduates to understand and effectively communicate the issues.
“Besides serving as a watchdog over elected and public officials and governmental functions, I can think of no greater journalistic challenge today than reporting truth and facts to counter the misinformation and demagoguery that detracts from the existential climate threat to a planet that is shared by humans of all beliefs and tribes,” Hallock said.
The program itself is made for both budding and seasoned storytellers. Thanks to partnerships among the university and regional print and web-based journalism organizations, the program will allow graduates to build a professional reporting portfolio.
“A remarkable feature of this program is that it requires students to publish or produce in-depth journalism on environmental challenges and problems, thus sending them into the world with a portfolio of work,” Hallock said. “This sets them apart from others who may have theoretical and research strengths and skills but lack the professional experience required to compete.”
Point Park University is limiting the first cohort of applicants to 10 students. For additional information, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-392-3808. This program is generously supported by The Heinz Endowments.