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Advanced Health and Sciences Reporting

Did you ever wonder about the effect of oil on marine life in San Francisco Bay? Or how marine laboratory researchers spend their days? Or about the fate of the white abalone, critically endangered by warming Pacific coast waters? Want to dissect a mussel in the lab? Or go out on the ocean trawling for plankton on the marine lab’s research vessel? Or maybe just explore the coastal waters in a kayak. Students will have all of those opportunities when they travel to the Bodega Marine Laboratory for a three-day course designed to give them an intensive look at the work of this University of California, Davis lab, 65 miles north of San Francisco International Airport. Before their marine lab adventure, students will stay in San Francisco for the first two nights, take a day-trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County and spend time in San Francisco visiting with Medill alums at Mother Jones and Wired Magazines.

On this program, you will:

  • Learn from the researchers and scientists who are on the front lines of climate change.

  • Gain knowledge that will help you as a specialist in health, environment and science reporting and content.

  • Meet with Medill alums who are working writers and editors.

  • If you choose, you may write about any of these experiences for freelance or to fulfill advanced reporting narrative story assignment.