Charles Parker, who farms near Senath, explains the intricacies of growing cotton. Parker was chairman of the National Cotton Council for 2011.

Science and Agricultural Journalism involves communicating about agriculture, the life sciences, the environment, food, natural resources, and medical and agricultural biotechnology. This degree prepares students to succeed in a wide variety of careers in science and agricultural journalism, advertising and public relations, by combining the strengths of the MU School of Journalism and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR).  The program allows students to pick one of five tracks, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Science, Conservation and Environment, Food and Wine, Science. In addition, students can focus on one of 30 interest areas in the School of Journalism, or pick courses from any combination. Interest areas include: Print and Digital News, Radio and Television Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Strategic Communications (advertising and public relations), Photojournalism, Convergence Journalism (multimedia).  Possible careers with a degree in Science and Agricultural Journalism: Online/multimedia editors and reporters use their skills to tell stories using the richness of text, audio, photography, video and animation.  Public relations specialists work in agencies, corporate communications, educational institutions, commodity groups and nonprofit agencies.   Photojournalists use the power of visual media to communicate about agriculture, technological advances, people, social issues and natural disasters.  Social media specialists know how to use new communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs to communicate directly to individuals.  Science/environment writers take the complex topics the world faces today (global warming, food security, sustainable living, energy creation) and use their reporting skills to present unbiased information for the general public in a variety of media outlets. 

Photo by J.B. Forbes, CAFNR Marketing and Communications