The Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) at New York University is one of the most distinguished and venerable graduate training programs in science journalism. Based in NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. This 16-month intensive program emphasizes hands-on experience with all the forms of modern reporting and storytelling: news and feature articles for print and online, video, data journalism, podcasts, and more, much of which surfaces publicly through the program's Scienceline site. Graduates receive a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and an Advanced Certificate in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting.
To quote from SHERP’s home page:
SHERP's customized curriculum is tailored to develop world-class science storytellers at a time of unprecedented change, challenge and opportunity in journalism. Our faculty of nationally prominent science journalists offers rigorous instruction in research, reporting, writing and editing through coverage of cutting-edge science, from nanotechnology and epigenetics to global climate change and cosmology. Coursework is built around case studies and learning by doing, not academic theory or rote memorization. [...] A key focus is reporting, writing and editing features and news for magazines and online sites, but students also dive into all forms of modern journalism, from books and long-form narratives to blogs, videos, audio podcasts, data visualization and social media.
I started teaching one of SHERP’s capstone classes in 2009, guiding the SHERPies through the conception, reporting, and composition of a 3,500-word feature. The experience of working with SHERP’s director Dan Fagin and so many immensely talented young writers has been a highlight of my career.