Science and Agricultural Journalism

The complex and fascinating world of science, agriculture, the environment, food, natural resources and medical and agricultural biotechnology has an overwhelming impact on society, from the health of newborns to political conflicts on an international scale.

Agricultural and science journalists explain this world to various audiences in effective and engaging ways. Our degree combines the full experience of our world-renowned School of Journalism and College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR).

Agriculture Journalism

Think of today's headlines: genetically modified food, wildlife conservation, stem cells, global trade, climate change, the Farm Bill, national parks and ecotourism. Our graduates are uniquely equipped to report on these topics and many more for magazines, newspapers, radio and TV stations and on the Web. Other grads apply their knowledge and skills as public relations, advertising and marketing professionals.

Career Opportunities

A bachelor's of science degree in Science and Agricultural Journalism from CAFNR will provide you with all the skills you'll need to succeed in a wide variety of agricultural journalism careers.

An individualized degree program will allow you to acquire both journalism skills and an extensive background in science or business that you'll apply to the career field that most interests you. Some Science and Agricultural Journalism careers you might consider include:

Research/Internship Opportunities

As an Science and Agricultural Journalism student, your chances to gain real-world experience through research and internships are almost limitless.

Agriculture Journalism

With the help of the "Mizzou Mafia," an informal network of MU journalism graduates, internships in all media — newspaper, magazine, radio, television, online and public relations — are available to Science and Agricultural Journalism students.

Opportunities exist whether you're interested in reporting for a national news magazine or filing reports as an international correspondent. MU also provides hands-on experience as part of your journalism curriculum.

University-owned media outlets, including the Columbia Missourian, a daily newspaper; Vox, a weekly magazine; KOMU-TV, an NBC-affiliated television station; and KBIA-FM, a public broadcasting radio station, give students real-world experience while still in college.

CAFNR CornerPost, a student-run, Web-only news publication, is managed by Science and Agricultural Journalism students and provides an additional outlet to practice journalism.

Get Involved on Campus

Want to have fun and develop your leadership skills and professional contacts at the same time? Then join one or more of the College's student clubs and organizations. There are more than 30 to choose from, and each gives you the opportunity to apply what you're learning in the classroom while making lifelong friends.

Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) is a club for agricultural journalism majors and other students interested in communications. Guest speakers include newspaper and magazine reporters and editors, radio and TV broadcasters and agricultural public relations executives. Students can become acquainted with professionals in the field while learning about career options. Other activities include barbecues and social functions. Members have the opportunity to attend professional meetings and interact with Ag communications students from surrounding universities.

Science and Agricultural Journalism Department
112 Gentry Hall, 573-884-2487

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Science and Agricultural Journalism

112 Gentry Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-7645
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