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The Sciences

Columbia Journalism School Cuts Environmental Journalism!

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyOctober 20, 2009 7:48 PM

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Hat tip to Joe Romm. In yet another woeful sign of how the media industry is going, the hallowed Columbia School of Journalism has suspended its environmental journalism program. As Columbia Journalism Review itself reports:

For the first time since it was created fourteen years ago, Columbia University’s highly regarded dual-degree graduate program in environmental journalism will not be accepting applications for next academic year. In a letter to faculty at the Graduate School of Journalism, the Department of Environmental Sciences, and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the program directors cited falling employment in the field, the rising costs of education, and a lack of financial aid for students as the reasons for their decision: “As you know, media organizations across the county are in dire financial straits and thousands of journalists’ jobs have been eliminated. Science and environment beats have been particularly vulnerable. Although our graduates have done well in their careers, even those still employed are finding few opportunities to do the kind of substantive reporting for which the dual degree program has trained them, as they scramble to do their own work plus that of laid-off colleagues.”

What a sad--no, what a horrible sign of the times.

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