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Environmental Journalism Master's students attending conference
Any MSU School of Journalism masters student can enroll in an environmental journalism class to fulfill graduate requirements or electives.

Students can also complete a specialized master’s degree environmental option that combines environmental journalism, science or policy courses. Students learn advanced reporting techniques for covering complicated environmental issues. The environmental option appears on a graduate’s transcript.

FAQ for masters program.

Students must be admitted into the M.A. Program in Journalism and have selected the Environmental Option. The MSU environmental journalism option requirements are here.

Student research

Knight Center and affiliated faculty teach a rotating schedule of graduate-level environmental journalism courses. Consult schedule of courses for the latest offerings.

Graduate students are encouraged to join the student Environmental Journalism Association and report for Great Lakes Echo, the Knight Center’s award-winning non-profit environmental news service.

They are encouraged to augment their study with environment classes and programs elsewhere at MSU such as through the Environmental Science and Policy Program.


Applications to the School of Journalism’s masters program are accepted on a rolling basis. Students should submit an electronic application and send GRE scores and two copies of their official undergraduate transcript. International students should submit TOEFL scores. Send to:
MSU Admissions Office
250 Administration Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Mich. 48824
Applicants should also send the following:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • a 750-word autobiography
  • a 1,000-word statement of purpose
  • a resume
  • and an indication of interest in an assistantship or other financial aid

to the Journalism School:
MSU School of Journalism
c/o the Graduate Secretary
School of Journalism
305 Communication Arts Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
For questions, contact graduate student coordinator Nancy Ashley,


Limited graduate assistantships are occasionally available, depending on faculty research grants. Students may also qualify for scholarships.


Knight Center student recognized for food reporting


Carin Tunney

Carin Tunney

The Association of Food Journalists recently recognized Knight Center student Carin Tunney for excellence in writing about food.

Tunney received second place in the student division of the 2017 contest for her story about the growing interest in North America in raising insects for food. The story is called  “Can tiny livestock solve big hunger?

The 2017 awards, which recognized excellence in 13 categories of food writing and editing, visuals and multimedia, received 289 entries.

Started in 1986, AFJ’s awards competition is the oldest still-functioning contest for food journalists.

The story appeared in Great Lakes Echo and also in The Food Fix,  both news service published by the center at Michigan State University.

Tunney recently received her masters degree in journalism from MSU. She is now studying for her doctorate at the university.

Knight Center alum nabs byline in Audubon

Andy McGlashen

Andy McGlashen

Knight Center alum Andy McGlashen has a story in Audubon about how even a little bit of oil can make it hard for birds to fly.

McGlashen recently started an editorial fellowship with the birding publication in New York City. He is the former communications director for the Michigan Environmental Council.

His freelance reporting has appeared in Scientific American, Midwest Energy News, Bridge Magazine, The Daily Climate, Environmental Health News  and other publications.

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Knight Center student a finalist for national reporting prize

Carin Tunney

Carin Tunney

A story by Knight Center graduate student Carin Tunney was recently named a finalist in a national Association of Food Journalists competition.

The story “Can tiny livestock solve big hunger” about eating insects in North America appeared in two Knight Center publications: The Food Fix and Great Lakes Echo.

The winner will be announced in September at the annual conference of the Association of Food Journalists in Philadelphia.

 More information.

Knight Center student reports on destructive insective

Kelly van Frankenhuyzen

Kelly van Frankenhuyzen

The emerald ash borer’s devastation of ash trees in forest and cities is the subject of a website produced by a Knight Center student for her masters project.

The goal of the project by Kelly van Frankenhuyzen is to understand the impact of the insect in Michigan and Ohio. The website is geared toward middle school science students with the idea of engaging future generations in citizen science and in the skills and knowledge needed to protect natural resources.

She worked with two Forest Service scientists in Delaware, Ohio, to learn how some trees survive the insect next to those that do not.

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