The Center for Environmental Journalism was established in 1992 at the University of Colorado Boulder to enrich public understanding of environmental issues by elevating the quality, range, and depth of coverage by journalists.
The CEJ focuses on education by coordinating an environmental emphasis for students pursuing a master’s degree in journalism. The center also is home to the Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism, a program that has been bringing award- winning journalists to CU Boulder for 21 years to take courses, attend seminars, go on field trips and work on major projects. CEJ faculty, staff and students produce journalistic content for leading publications. And the center’s Water Desk provides funding and other resources for journalists and media outlets covering critical Western water issues.
The CEJ is part of CU Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. Opened in the fall of 2015, CMCI was created to match the times we live in—times of revolutionary change in the way people communicate, the tools they use to do it, and the impact that change has on society.
CMCI unites students and faculty from seven academic specialties. In addition to the Department of Journalism, these include Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design; Communication; Critical Media Practices; Information Science; Intermedia Art Writing and Performance; and Media Studies. CMCI alumni have recently won Pulitzer prizes, Murrow and Peabody awards, among other honors, and are in the ranks of the country’s top reporters, broadcasters and news-media innovators.