* Project committees must include a chair and a reviewer chosen from the School of Journalism faculty and a faculty member from another school or department.
Master's Project Examples
Graduate students must produce a work of journalism suitable for publication or broadcast at reputable, credible organizations. The work must represent an original and in-depth contribution to the public knowledge of environmental science and natural resource issues, subject to the approval of a faculty project committee.
Students may choose to produce one large, documentary-style project, known as the Professional Project option, or three shorter but thematically related pieces, called the Portfolio option.
For more information, please access the professional project proposal outline.
EXAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK: PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS
Kevin Dupzyk's masters project, called "How To Move A Lighthouse", was published in Popular Mechanics magazine in April 2016. It's a print feature about a lighthouse in Massachusetts that was in danger of falling into the ocean because of coastal erosion.
Kelly Conde's graduate project, called "The Damage Done", tells the story of a community in eastern Montana bracing for the oil boom in the Bakken while still recovering from the devastating effects on their water supply from the last one. It was published in the Missoula Independent in February 2014.
EXAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK: PORTFOLIO
Nate Hegyi's master's portfolio focused on climate change and the way it is altering the people and landscapes of the American West. His script explaining megadroughts was used in an episode of Sci Show (you can watch it here) in May 2015. He also published a print feature called "'Necessary Evil': Saving The Endangered Caribou Might Mean Killing Wolves" in The Guardian in May 2016.
Nicky Ouellet's master's portfolio examined different strategies Native American communities have taken to maintain or gain control over natural resources on their land. Her print story called "Legalization: Cannabis Instills Fear and Hope On The Northern Cheyenne" was published on WyoFile in May 2015. She also created an audio piece about a tribal member in North Dakota fighting for clean-up of a fracking wastewater spill that was aired by a radio station in Washington. It's called "When Public Comment Fails, Bakken Woman Turns To Tribal Conditions" and you can listen to it on the Public Radio Exchange.