Environmental Journalism

Antonis Skamnakis Ioanna Kostarella

RIC 303 Environmental Journalism


About This Course

Course Description

The course aims to examine main ecological issues in Greece. The purpose of this course is to teach students how report and write articles effectively about environmental issues and review topics of scientific importance of the area. Senior journalists and environmental experts are guest speakers. Students, also, go on field trips and have in-class discussion with representatives of ecological organizations and other environmental experts. They can also visit ecological food and wine producers and small agrotοurism enterprises. The core of the class consists of environmental news stories that students should prepare.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding of the concept and the practices of environmental journalism.
  • Awareness of the meaning of the environmental issues in our world.
  • Understand the main scientific definitions for the environment.
  • Understand the new aspects of ecological crises.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze critically the ecological issues in modern world
  2. Define the core concepts of environmental journalism
  3. Write articles following professional standards for style, structure and information- gathering
  4. Build on information-gathering with interviews with environmental experts

Class/Learning activities

Lectures, workshops, in-class presentations, literature study, written assignments, environmental trips.


Type of work Description Hours
Lectures Thirteen 3-hours lectures 39
Environmental trips Trips in agrotourism enterprises 15-20
Independent study Study of compulsory and optional literature 40-45
Research Online research 35-40
Written assignments-Presentations Written assignments

  1. one short assignment (600-800 words)
  2. essay (4.000-4.500 words)
  3. in-class presetations
Total workload 249-284


Type of assessment Learning outcome Impact on final grade Date of assessment
Presentation of written assignment 1-2 20% 8th-12th week
Written assignment (short) 3-4 30% 5th-8th week
Written assignment (essay) 1-4 50% 14th week

Required Reading

  • Annin, P., The great lakes water wars. Island Press, N.Y., 2006.
  • Corbett, J., Communicating Nature. How we create and understand Environmental Messages. Island Press, N.Y., 2006.
  • Friedman, T., Hot, fat and crowed: Why the World needs a green revolution-and how we can renew our global future. Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2008.