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New offering for Fall 2016: Science journalism

Apr 4, 2016

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sci_journalismInterested in environmental issues like global warming or health topics like HIV prevention? Want to get your work published? Then enroll in VCU’s first course on science journalism this fall.

The Robertson School and VCU Libraries are teaming up to offer MASC 491-005: Science Journalism (CRN 34606). In the class, you’ll learn how to write news stories about the environment, health and medicine, technology and other scientific topics.

As part of the course, you will hear from, and have conversations with, some of the nation’s top science writers. And you will interview researchers at VCU and write (and shoot photos and videos) about their work. The stories you generate will be showcased in a magazine on the VCU Libraries website.

The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in Temple 2211. This initiative is made possible through a VCU Quest Grant for “disruptively innovative ideas.”

The Science Journalism course is open to both mass comm majors and non-majors. To enroll, you must have completed one of the following courses with a C or higher: MASC 203, MASC 204, UNIV 200 or HONR 200.

Enroll by requesting an override at If you have questions, contact Jeff South at or 804-827-0253. Here is a flier about the course.