Science and Agricultural Journalism

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Science and agricultural journalism involves communicating about agriculture, the life sciences, the environment, food, natural resources, and medical and agricultural biotechnology. This degree will prepare you to succeed in a wide variety of careers in science and agricultural journalism, advertising and public relations, by combining the strengths of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of how to communicate complex science and issues to the public while earning your science and agricultural journalism degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. With various tracks, this degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Online and Multimedia Producing
  • Environmental Reporting
  • Photojournalism
  • Media Relations
  • Social Media Consulting
  • Legislative Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Broadcast News
  • Technical Writing
  • Marketing and Sales

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Gentry HallAgricultural Marketing

Prepare for a career in public relations, marketing and advertising for the agriculture industry and other sectors where the specialized skills of writing, multimedia, marketing and strategic communications are in high demand.

Agricultural Science

Pursue a career in the news media, agriculture industry, government or other sectors where you can apply an in-depth knowledge of plants, animals and food to accurately communicate agricultural and scientific processes and issues to the general public.

Conservation/Environmental

Communicate about the environment, conservation and nature and the challenges they face. Students will learn how to write about complex issues from an informed viewpoint.

Food and Wine

Write about an exotic dish and the culture from which it originated, or zone-in on Missouri’s prominent dairy, meat and wine industries. Use your technical knowledge of food science to pique an audience’s interest.

Science

Gain an in-depth understanding of both science and journalism that enhances your work. Report for a science magazine or do public relations work for a corporation or government organization involved in animal or human health, energy or other science-related fields.

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General interest publications: Missouri Life Magazine, Inside Columbia Magazine, Vance Publishing

Agricultural news: Agricultural Agri-Pulse, Brownfield Ag News, RFD-TV

Communications firms: MorganMyers, OsbornBarr, MayeCreate Design

Organization and commodity communications: Missouri General Assembly, American Agricultural Editors’ Association, Missouri Beef Industry Council

Agribusiness communications: Monsanto, FMC Corporation

Core Areas of Study

  • Design (print and online)
  • Magazine (design, editing, publishing, writing)
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Radio-Television Reporting
  • Strategic Communications

Major requirements for Science and Agricultural Journalism degree

Courses for Science and Agricultural Journalism degree

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Related Minor

A minor in agricultural leadership can supplement a science and agricultural journalism degree. In a world where most jobs involve interaction with coworkers or the public, analytical reasoning, effective writing, public speaking and group skills can be beneficial in any workplace.

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Clubs & Organizations

  • Collegiate Farm Bureau
  • National AgriMarketing Association
  • Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow