Environmental Reporting: An Introduction

Course Overview

Environmental Reporting: An Introduction
Self-Directed Course
This $29.95 course is free thanks to the support of Transitions Online.
Time Estimate:
2-3 hours

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About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Covering environmental topics stretches far beyond climate change and into all of our daily lives. From economics to architecture, from food to health, environmental issues can be discovered in a wide range of news stories and reports. At the same time, research published by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences shows that science literacy in the general public has declined, even about core science such as the Earth's revolving around the sun and continental drift.

In this course, you'll learn how to tackle stories, translate scientific jargon and find the best sources for your stories. This course will help you gain a deeper understanding of the field of environmental journalism--its past, present and future.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to find environmental angles in a wide range of news stories
  • How to translate and analyze scientific and community studies
  • Strategies to find the best sources for environmental issues
  • How to conduct effective and efficient interviews with environmental experts
Who should take this course:

Journalists, bloggers, students and anyone interested in learning more about how to report responsibly on environmental issues.

Course Instructor:

Elissa L. Yancey, MSEd

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an award-winning journalist, educator and writer. Her journalism work spans the late analog to completely digital age, which means she’d still prefer to meet sources in person than text them. After working in print and online news outlets for more than a decade, she became an editor at Cincinnati Magazine, where she led the custom publishing division to unprecedented growth. She left the job she loved to teach a new generation of journalists at the University of Cincinnati, where she worked as a faculty member and administrator for 10 years.

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