The CEJ was established in 1992 by the Journalism and Mass Communication program 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 on the professional development of working journalists, student education, and research on media, environment and society. To that end, the Ted Scripps Fellowships serves as a lynchpin, bringing working journalists to campus for a full academic year. And for students, the CEJ offers a master's degree with an emphasis in environmental journalism as well as 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.