FAQ for masters program at MSU's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

FAQ for masters program

Q: Why should I come to Michigan State University?
A: MSU has a global reach with diverse and international faculty and students and many world-leading programs related to the environment. You’ll meet non-journalism and international students who take our courses and who bring a different perspective to them. The diversity of MSU allows collaboration across many colleges where you may also take coursework.

Q: Why should I come to the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism?
A: We give you a home and a focus within our broad university community. Through the center, you’ll work with faculty and students who share your interest in communicating vital environmental stories. You’ll study with people who understand the value of journalism and are passionate about sustaining it. And you can learn skills that are essential across media platforms, from traditional newspapers, magazines, radio and television to online publications, new media and documentary filmmaking.

Q: Why should I get a master’s degree instead of freelancing or working in another professional venue?
A: Our focus is to improve your ability to produce fair, balanced and accurate news stories about the environment. We don’t “fix” your work and publish it. Nor do we fire you. We teach YOU how to produce professional work for publication, broadcast or posting. You’ll learn diverse journalism skills that are increasingly important in a competitive environment. And you have the opportunity to more deeply learn about environmental issues in a context that helps you ask better questions and more deeply understand the stories you produce.

Q: What is the advantage of getting a specialization in environmental reporting?
A: We provide strong networking opportunities for prospective jobs, internships and freelancing. Our connections include alumni literally around the world, newspaper editors across Michigan and elsewhere in the Great Lakes states, environmental and conservation advocacy organizations and government agencies. Formally listing this specialization on your resume signals to employers your interest and expertise in the environmental field. Your education will arm you with understanding, context, questions – all vital components for producing outstanding journalism.

Q: Do your graduates get jobs?
A: Sure. We have alumni working for nonprofit news organizations, government agencies, environmental advocacy groups, environmental media consultants, traditional news organizations, video production companies and corporations.

Q: Can I get financial support?
A: The Knight Center has limited scholarships for master’s students interested in environmental reporting. And the center employs students on an hourly basis. Occasional graduate assistantships tied to faculty grant work are sometimes available.