Science Journalism | Columbia Journalism School

Science

Environment. Health. Innovation. Technology. Climate Change.

J-School programs offer distinct, yet related, approaches to exploring science stories in rigorous, creative ways.

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Overview

The Journalism School provides students drawn to science stories with skills to identify and report them and to tell them in a range of forms. The strong emphasis on investigative and data and on storytelling across formats supports robust, compelling science journalism. 

The M.S program offers several science-focused classes in the spring term. Students can also learn relevant skills through other parts of the curriculum:  business reporting can provide tools needed to cover health care; data courses can train students to find hidden stories; feature writing can teach students how to bring a researcher's work to life.

Journalists in the M.A. Science concentration focus all their coursework on science journalism. In the M.A. seminar, they examine science close up — by studying fields such as climate change science and neuroscience — and with a landscape view, looking at history and patterns of discovery and innovation. They learn to probe deeply, ask advanced questions, and recognize context or comparisons that might be invisible to the uninitiated. They also receive high-level personal mentoring. 

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Classes

Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions. 

Covering Climate: Story & Animation

Investigating Health Care

M.A. Science Fall Seminar

M.A. Science Spring Seminar

Storytelling About The Environment

Student Work

Gilda Di Carli, '16 M.S., published her master's project in WNYC  about the New York City public schools system's environmental testing policy and the need for more transparency about its contamination testing results.

Cassandra Basler M.S. '15

Cassandra Basler, '15 M.S., follows two students from the Bronx as they decide if an intrauterine device (IUD) is right for them, a device that has become the frontline recommendation for teens nationwide.

Leila Miller, '17 M.S., produced this story in her investigating health care spring seminar where she found that deaf patients at hospitals lacked the adequate interpreter services during emergencies.

Faculty

Marguerite Holloway

Professor of Professional Practice; Co-Director, M.A. Science Journalism Program; Provost's Senior Faculty Teaching Scholar

Duy Linh Tu

Associate Professor of Professional Practice

Jonathan Weiner

Maxwell M. Geffen Professor of Medical and Scientific Journalism; Co-Director, M.A. Science Journalism Program