New VCU course: Science Journalism

Write and publish news stories about scientific research

Open to all majors

If you're a journalism or other mass comm major, learn how to write about scientific discoveries at VCU. If you're a science major, learn how to write like a journalist. We will publish our work in a journal hosted by VCU Libraries.

Details about the course

It's MASC 491-005: Science Journalism | CRN 34606. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in Temple 2211, a multimedia conference room. To take the course, you must have completed MASC 203 or MASC 204 or UNIV 200 or HONR 200 with a C or higher.

The course is a collaboration between the Robertson School of Media and Culture and VCU Libraries and is supported by a grant from VCU's Quest Innovation Fund. We will explore why science journalism is important; guest speakers will include some of the nation's top science writers. VCU librarians will explain how to do research to understand complex scientific ideas. And journalism professor Jeff South will teach you how to turn those ideas into engaging news stories.

But we're not just going to sit around and talk about science writing. You will interview researchers at VCU and write (and shoot photos and videos) about their work. The stories you generate will be showcased in a magazine on the VCU Libraries website.

Interested? Enroll now by requesting an override at If you have questions, contact Jeff South at or 804-827-0253.