Real-World Learning of Public Affairs and Environmental Journalism

Eric Freedman, David Poulson
  • Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, October 2014, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1077695814555716

Public Affairs and Environmental Journalism

What is it about?

Traditionally, journalism majors gain professional experience before graduation through internships, part-time or summer jobs, and campus media. Those avenues are often insufficient to adequately prepare them for the professional workplace and professional standards. This essay explores two of a journalism school’s practice-based programs that provide such preparation: Capital News Service, covering state government, politics, and public policy, and Great Lakes Echo, covering environmental news in eight states and two provinces.

Why is it important?

It is imperative that journalism students develop and maintain professional skills while in school to successfully compete for jobs after graduation.

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