Education and Training in Environmental Journalism


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.

COVID-19 resources for teachers:

Peer reviewed journals in science and environmental communication

Other professional groups and training resources

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.
  • National Press Club Scholarship Opportunities: The Scholarship for Journalism 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; The Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship, a one-time award of $5,000 for high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in journalism; The Wes Vernon Broadcast Scholarship supports diversity within the field of broadcast journalism — $5,000 annually to a student who demonstrates a commitment to a career in broadcast journalism, renewable up to three years, for a total of $20,000 (U.S. citizenship not required); and The Dennis and Shirley Feldman Fellowship, for a student pursuing graduate studies in journalism, a one-time stipend of $5,000 for tuition. Deadline for all: Mar 18, 2022 extended to Mar 27.
  • Native Storytelling Workshop: High school students with Native American heritage can spend Jun 12-16, 2022 at University of Kansas (for free!) learning broadcast, podcast, photo and written journalism with a group of Indigenous leaders working in media professions. In partnership with the NAJA and Haskell Indian Nations University. Deadline: May 27.
  • Missouri School of Journalism Summer Workshops: Are you a high school student interested in expanding your journalism skills and learning from top journalism educators and professionals? The Summer 2022 workshops take place June 25-30 at the Missouri School of Journalism.  Cost: $675 (need-based scholarships are available; students/parents provide a statement of need and a letter of reference from a teacher or counselor referencing the financial need). Deadline: May 29, 2022.
  • NAJA/AAJA Pacific Islander Journalism Scholarship: This new funding from the Native American Journalists Association and the Asian American Journalists Association aims to help Indigenous peoples of the Pacific pursue careers in journalism. The goal is to improve Oceania representation and storytelling in the news media industry. Two scholarships of $4,500 available for a variety of needs. Deadline: May 31, 2022.
  • Planet Forward Correspondents: Planet Forward seeks talented students from across the country looking to apply themselves to tell the ongoing story of climate change, with an eye toward solutions and hope. While producing pieces to be shared on over the academic year, correspondents will benefit from a roster of events, expert workshops, editorial guidance, and access to a community of scientists, communicators, and changemakers. Deadline: June 13, 2022.
  • Digital Storytelling for the Next Generation of Latinx Journalists
    This four-week online Knight Center asynchronous course is open to Latinx college and university students in the U.S. (and recent grads). Those who are interested in learning, as well as strengthening their reporting and storytelling skills for diverse audiences, are encouraged to apply. Instructor is USC Annenberg journalism professor Dr. Amara Aguilar. June 20-July 17, 2022.
  • SAJA Scholarship Program: The South Asian Journalists Association helps US and Canadian journalism students meet a portion of tuition fees and costs at North American universities. $20,000 is available in 2022 for to up to 10 students ($2,000 for each student). Undergraduates and graduate students continuing their studies in the fall of 2022 are eligible. Deadline: Jun 24, 2022.
  • Online Communication Degree Programs (includes links to MOOCs and other free programs)


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