Science and Medical Journalism TV Reporting

Since 1999 students in UNC’s Science and Medical Journalism Program have produced 42 reports focusing on science, medical and environmental topics for North Carolina Public Television.

In addition, students contributed to an hour-long documentary on environmental challenges facing North Carolina State Parks. The documentary includes individual reports produced by students in the MEJO 562 Environmental and Science Documentary Television course.

The Sun Can Be Yours

In summer 2014, the Science and Medical Journalism Program partnered with students and faculty from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, to launch a multimedia website documenting how investors in solar energy in Spain have suffered as the government has cut returns to investors.

Environmental Heroes TV Documentary

In 2010 students produced a half-hour documentary that tells the stories of how one tree lover is on a mission to save the hemlocks from destruction, how two farmers are practicing sustainable agriculture to bring food to the table, and how local citizens are cleaning up a polluted urban creek.

Additional Reporting

In the last 17 years students have produced reports for statewide public television examining science, medical and environmental topics. Two reports — “HIV & Kids” and “Surviving Childhood Cancer” — have won Midsouth Regional Emmys. Other reports have won student awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Region II. Below are links to many of the student-produced reports that have aired previously on North Carolina Public Television.

Science & Environmental Reports Environmental Heroes
Endangered Estuaries

Menhaden Fishery

Habitat Restoration

Blue Crab

Air Pollution

The Poor & Air Pollution

Urban Air Pollution

Asheville & Air Pollution

Asthma & Air Pollution

Water Quality

Watauga Riverkeeper

Hogs & Water Quality

Straight Piping & Water Quality

Neuse River & Water Quality

Waccamaw River Water Quality




Electric vehicles

Compost King

Environmental Justice

Coastal Protector

Medical Reports
Sexually Transmitted Infections

HPV & Herpes

Gonorrhea & Chlamydia



HIV & Kids

Backstory to HIV & Kids

Sickle Cell Disease

Surviving Childhood Cancer

Uninsured Children

Mental Health