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Environmental Journalism


Point Park to Train a New Generation of Environmental Journalists

Point Park University's new Bachelor of Arts in environmental journalism program trains a new generation of storytellers who will be well-positioned to enter the workforce to report on critical environmental issues in the public eye. 

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The program — made possible through a grant from The Heinz Endowments — provides the core foundation of journalism and environmental science training and hands-on experience via a partnership with Point Park's School of Communication and Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology.

Additionally, this distinctive new program seeks to lead and engage the broader community in discussions about the need for reliable reporting on environmental issues, and stimulate quality work from existing journalists by serving as a resource and driver for change. 

Careers in Environmental Journalism

Graduates will be equipped with the core skills essential to any career in journalism — television, radio, print, web, etc. — and prepared to handle the environmental beat or any other beat upon graduation.

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Facilities

Beginning freshman year, students in the program learn and practice on professional equipment and are prepared to enter the real world already familiar with the same tools used by communication pros. Facilities and equipment include:

  • Center for Media Innovation, an integrated New York City-style media facility featuring television, radio and photo studios, a multimedia newsroom and a transformational presentation/gallery space
  • Alternative process lab and black and white and color darkroom
  • Mac and PC multimedia labs
  • Radio station (WPPJ) featuring all digital equipment, and sales, business and management offices
  • TV studio (U-View) featuring Sony digital studio cameras with teleprompters, a four-seat news desk, a video/engineering control room, an audio board and a live announcer's booth

Student-Run Media Provides Real-World Experience

In addition to the campus radio and TV stations, environmental journalism majors will gain real-world experience through student-run media, including:

Check out a collection of our students' work in the environmental report

Access to Pittsburgh Media Outlets

Students will have access to some of the region's leading media outlets in Pittsburgh that provide opportunities for internships, networking and real-world experience, some of which include:

Environmental Journalism Courses

Students in the 125-credit environmental journalism program will thrive in a supportive environment of challenging courses, experienced faculty and small class sizes. Courses include:

  • Data Journalism & Visualization
  • Case Studies in Environmental Science
  • General Chemistry I 
  • Graphic Design I
  • Photography for Non-Majors
  • Environmental Science
  • General Biology II
  • Ecology

For a comprehensive list of program requirements, see the degree requirements and School of Communication and environmental science course descriptions.

Photos by Christopher Rolinson, associate professor of photojournalism