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Journalism

Bringing science to the stories, data to the dialogue

Those who opt for the journalism concentration are prepared for careers in varied media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, online, and social media.

Students investigate and report on important and often critical agricultural and environmental issues. Courses teach students the nuances of communicating agricultural and environmental topics to various audiences using traditional, online, and emerging media. Students get real-world experience working with faculty in small laboratory classes that are, in effect, working newsrooms.

The stories they produce are broadcast on UI-7, the public access, educational cable TV channel operated by the university, and by Illinois Public Media, the public radio and television outlet arm of the College of Media. Stories are routinely published in outlets such as the Daily Illini, the independent student newspaper, and the News-Gazette, the local newspaper serving the Champaign-Urbana community.

The ag comm curriculum has a strong base of principles and practice that prepare students for internships and careers. 

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For more information about the Agricultural Communications Program, please contact
Lulu Rodriguez
Director, Agricultural Communications Program
274 Bevier Hall
905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
lulurod@illinois.edu
217-300-1045  

Journalism

The Food and Environmental Systems minor

Serving up the technical core

The ag comm curriculum includes a built-in minor in food and environmental systems, which provides scientific and technical grounding. Students take coursework in a variety of scientific and technical subject matter areas, enabling them to develop strengths in animal or crop sciences, food science and human nutrition, natural resources, environmental sciences and policy, agricultural and consumer economics, human development and family studies, or agricultural engineering and technology.

Students also can elect to complete additional minors that expand their knowledge base, provide leadership experience, or bring them to international settings.

Learn more about the minor.

Career Opportunity Spotlight

US Pest Management Marketing Leader

When something needs to be done in relation to pest management, it’s up to Dave Maurer’s team to engage the appropriate support functions to develop and implement a plan. Dave, an agricultural science graduate, is the marketing leader for the U. S. pest management branch of Dow AgroSciences.

“Our marketing team operates in the ‘business to business’ space, and we seek to find a competitive advantage not only by providing products with superior product performance, but also by working with our customers so they have superior business results when they use our products,” Dave says. “By doing so we are able to build long-term, mutually beneficial business relationships. It’s very rewarding and enjoyable to be in a business that can operate in this fashion.”

Being good at his job is very important to Dave. Strategic planning and financial skills are crucial when developing product lines. These skills also help him help customers develop and implement their business plans.

“Most of our customers are small to medium-sized family-run operations,” Dave says. “I not only grew up working on a small family farm, I still operate and manage it. I firmly believe those experiences help me understand the challenges and opportunities our customers face.”

Dave’s family farm experience coupled with his education and extracurriculars at the University of Illinois really contribute to his job success. Taking full advantage of opportunities during his college years really paid off. He was involved in Alpha Gamma Rho social fraternity, the student alumni association, Interfraternity Council, Orange Crush, and FFA. He was also chosen for Atius Honorary and Senior 100 Honorary.

“I feel like I took full advantage of the academic, extracurricular, and social opportunities at the U of I,” Dave says. “I really don’t think I enjoyed any one area more than the other, but the well-rounded balance of all three gave me an experience I would never trade. If I had to do it all over again, there is no doubt in my mind I would choose the U of I every time.”

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