Think like a lawyer; report like a journalist.
At the nation's premier environmental law school, you can enhance your journalism skills and deepen your understanding of environmental law and policy through our Summer Media Fellowships. Every summer, Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center brings together legal educators, policymakers, practicing lawyers and other leaders in their fields to share their expertise in our Summer Session. They also enjoy the beauty of our campus, the historic village of South Royalton and the natural surroundings.
|Kevin Begos of the Associated Press with VLS President Marc Mihaly.|
Our Media Fellowships are open to full-time online, print and broadcast journalists who cover the environment, natural resources, energy, legal affairs, public health and other environment-related issues. Our Media Fellows audit one two-week course between June and July and have access to our distinguished faculty and visiting policy leaders. (Select your course from Terms Two, Three or Four in the Summer Session catalog.) You will receive a $1,250 stipend, free housing, free books, and a tuition waiver. Family members are welcome to join you.
You will learn from experienced litigators who have won major cases and from policy experts in climate change, energy and other key legal areas. After class, you can meet for on- or off-the-record conversations with these thought-provoking experts. You will develop new insights, meet new sources and gain a renewed enthusiasm for covering these critical issues. And after a satisfying day of seminars, conversation and professional growth, you can enjoy the wonders of Vermont by swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, or just reading and relaxing on your front porch.
The 2015 Summer Session features courses on the ethics and environmental justice, international environmental issues, pollution, energy development and climate change, agriculture and food policy, and land use and conservation. For a full listing of our 2015 summer courses, faculty, and schedule, visit our
Summer Session pages. Media fellows also take part in the Summer Session's brown bag lunch series, "Hot Topics in Environmental Law," delivering a 45-minute, informal lecture on an environmental topic of their choosing.
"For me, the two weeks at VLS were refreshing and invigorating - a chance to step back from the hurly-burly of news deadlines and explore new directions. From full-time faculty like Pat Parenteau, Laurie Ristino and Craig Pease I gained a fuller appreciation of the bright and committed scholars you have on your faculty. I've added a few new names to my Rolodex, to be sure." --
Timothy Wheeler, Baltimore Sun
"It was a great relief—and a pleasure—to spend two entire weeks simply digging into one subject. I was able to build considerable depth in a topic that is likely to gain prominence on the public agenda. I feel much better prepared to report knowledgeably on the topic (Arctic oil exploration). And I also seized the chance to wander into offices and engage people throughout the law school. A first-rate experience." --
Richard Harris, NPR
"I recommend this fellowship to any reporter covering the environment. Not only do you have to know the science, but VLS helps you to know the law. In fact, I still keep my textbooks from that summer as reference materials." --
Seth Borenstein, AP
"Vermont Law School gave me the rare chance to spend two focused weeks studying the law and policy behind the environmental issues I write about. My course, Earth Law, was engaging and thought-provoking. The faculty shared its expertise through lectures on timely topics and opened their doors to me for one-on-one discussions. I'd recommend the fellowship to any journalist seeking a broader understanding of environmental law." --
Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
"I enjoyed the chance to take some time out to take a single course, and appreciated the easy access to faculty. Much enjoyed! I also, of course, loved the peace and quiet." --
Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune
Past Summer Media Fellows:
Ashley Ahearn, PRI's
Living on Earth
Los Angeles Times
Kevin Begos, Associated Press
Winifred Bird, freelancer in Japan
Jon Christensen, freelancer for
The New York Times
Osha Gray Davidson, Freelance Writer
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Erica Gies, freelancer for
The New York Times
Adam Glenn, independent online producer (formerly
Cynthia Henry, Philadelphia Inquirer
The Blade (Toledo)
Chemical & Engineering News
San Diego Union-Tribune
Randy Lee Loftis,
Dallas Morning News
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Lisa Palmer, Freelance Writer
High Country News
New Hampshire Public Radio
Center for Investigative Reporting
Wena Industry and Environment Magazine (Botswana)
The Baltimore Sun
Arizona Daily Star
Xinhua News Agency
How to Apply:
Applications for the 2015 summer are now closed. Please visit this page for a list of current visitors and the 2015 Media Fellows.
The purpose of the fellowships program is to sharpen journalists' skills through professional development, so they can advance public understanding of environmental and natural resource issues and the laws and policies that affect our lives and the natural world.
Fellowships are competitive and open to staff, freelance, and independent reporters, writers, editors, and producers who are working full time as journalists. Journalism students and teachers, public relations practitioners and contributors to newsletters, magazines and other media controlled by industry, government or advocacy groups are not eligible. Fellows are selected based on the quality of their work and their ability to reach a broad audience. VLS looks for journalists who are from different geographic areas, at different career stages, in different types of media and who work for a variety of news organizations.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Communications