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.
  • 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.
  • 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