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JBV3800 Climate Change Journalism

Climate change journalists are needed to communicate climate change in creative ways. Students in Climate Change Journalism will learn to see climate change as a totality issue, which involves natural, technical and economic change, but also social and human change. Prepare for an innovative and exiting learning experience.

Aims and contents

Global warming continues, yet is covered less by the media in most countries. Climate change encompasses most areas of human knowledge, yet the full story is hard to tell in journalism. The need for transformations towards a “Green” future is often posited by scientists, yet emissions continue to rise.

More about aims and contents.

If we truly are, as climate change journalist Fred Pearce once put it, the “last generation” who can do something seriously to “bend the curves” in nature, what does that imply for journalism?

The goal of this module is to facilitate the creation of new and solid ideas for how to cover climate change. A broad array of researchers from various fields will, together with seasoned climate change journalists, help students develop both the knowledge and skills necessary to tell more climate change stories. The main focus of the course, besides the focus on risks and extreme weather events, will be on climate change and society. In particular, we zoom in on transformations, for example in economics, politics, technologies and ethics. But students will be encouraged to pursue any topic, from human health to species migration, related to climate change.


There are two assignments: One journalistic reportage, and one term paper which both covers the curricula and reflects over the journalistic reportage. Both assignments must be written in English.

A newspaper reportage should not exceed 12 000 signs (spaces included). A radio or TV reportage should not be longer than 5 minutes.  The instructor will give feedback to the journalistic reportage at the class sessions.

The term paper should be approximately twelve pages, or 4000 words, 1,5 space, font size 12, discussing the course curricula and reflecting theoretically on the journalistic work. 

The journalistic reportage and the term paper are given one grade, and are assessed according to a scale ranging from A to F, with A-E as pass grades and F as fail grade. Assessment is done by an evaluation committee consisting of both an internal and an external examiner.



Application deadline

15 April

Admission requirements

The course is open to BA degree students in journalism or media studies from our partner institutions. Course start presupposes a minimum of 10 students .

Programme information


JBV3800 Climate Change Journalism Autumn 15 ECTS 1 semester, undergraduate Pilestredet, Oslo English Exchange students do not pay semester fee.

Contact us

Academic contact:  Andreas Ytterstad

Administrative contact:  Bjørg Halvorsen 

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