The CEJ was established in 1992 by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, now the JMC, 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 center does this by helping seasoned and emerging journalists enhance their knowledge of the scientific, economic, political and social aspects of these issues.
The CEJ focuses both on professional development of working journalists, research on media, environment and society, and student education. The centerpiece of programs for journalists is the Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism. And for students, the CEJ offers a master's degree with an emphasis in environmental journalism as well a doctoral community for students interested in researching media and the environment, media and scientific communication, risk communication, and corollary fields.
In the heart of Boulder, the CEJ draws on a rich pool of knowledge and expertise in environmental issues. The University of Colorado is recognized internationally as one of the world's leading centers for environmental inquiry, with researchers working within the physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, environmental design, law and public health.
Journalists and students affiliated with the CEJ benefit from the presence on campus of such world-class institutions as the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies Program, Natural Hazards Center, and the Natural Resources Law Center. A short distance away are the National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
No other place in the world can boast a greater concentration of environmental expertise and knowledge than Boulder. The wealth of these resources makes the CEJ an ideal place for working journalists, researchers and student journalists to expand their knowledge and improve their abilities to report on environmental issues for the public, and to understand the connections between media, environment and society.