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Environmental Reporting: An Introduction

About This Course

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 L. Yancey, MSEd

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is the director of special projects at the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. An alumna of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, she has more than 20 years of teaching and reporting experience, including a stint as environmental editor at, the Scripps affiliate in Cincinnati.

Training Partner

Transitions Online

Transitions Online is a media development organization and online journal covering news and events in the 29 post-Communist countries of Eastern Europe, Central Europe, South Eastern Europe, Russia, the Baltics, the Caucasus, Central Asia.

This $30 course is free thanks to the support of Transitions Online.

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