Science and Medical Journalism TV Reporting

Check out award-winning environmental, science and medical television reports, all produced by students in UNC's Science and Medical Journalism Program. 

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.

The site — — offers a possible object lesson to American solar investors, according to Dr. Tom Linden, director of the Science and Medical Journalism Program and co-executive producer of the project.

Pictured: Setting up interview with solar farm investor Juan Antonio Cabrero, third from left, are master's graduate Daniel Lane (back to camera), professor Tom Linden and professor Álvaro Bonet from the University of Navarra's School of Communication. Photo by Courtni Kopietz.

The Sun Can Be Yours

As part of the core master's curriculum, students have partnered with North Carolina Public Television to produce an ongoing series about environmental issues facing N.C. State Parks. In the last year-and-a-half, students have produced six reports ranging from threats to a temperate rain forest in the Blue Ridge Escarpment in western N.C. to efforts to rehydrate the Great Dismal Swamp in eastern N.C. and southern Virginia. In late 2013, science and medical journalism students produced the following reports:

 Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park

In a public/private partnership Chimney Rock State Park is balancing demands of tourism with the need to preserve one of the state’s most famous scenic spots.


Producer, Courtni Kopietz; associate producer, Jagmeet Mac; scriptwriter, Natalie Taylor; videographer/editor, Mike Oniffrey; additional videography, Taylor, Mac; graphic artist, Heather Dollar.

 Pilot Mountain State Park

Pilot Mountain State Park

Officials at Pilot Mountain State Park are monitoring regrowth of plant life one year after a controlled burn spawned new life on this iconic mountain.


Producer, Rachel Tove-White; associate producers, Caleb Cates, Ana Navarina; scriptwriter, Andy Willard; videographer/editor, Mike Oniffrey; additional videography, Tove-White; graphic artist, Heather Dollar.

 Dismal Swamp State Park

Dismal Swamp State Park

State and federal officials are bringing water back to the Great Dismal Swamp, more than 200 years after settlers started draining this unique ecosystem. 


Producer, Brian Walker; associate producer, Abigail Brewer; scriptwriter, Dan Lane; videographer/editor, Mike Oniffrey; additional videography, Lane, Walker; graphic artist, Heather Dollar.

These reports followed earlier stories on Gorges State Park, home to one of the only temperate rain forests in the eastern United States; Eno River State Park, where biologists are trying to control an Asian aquatic plant that is crowding out native species; and Fort Macon State Park, where rangers fight a constant battle to prevent the ocean from washing away this famous landmark. Students have also produced reports for statewide public television examining frackingbiomass and solar as renewable sources, and hybrid electric vehicles.

You can also view our half-hour documentary, "Environmental Heroes," 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. To view other award-winning medical, science and environmental TV reports, check out our TV Web page. Students also have published recent articles in The ScientistEndeavors magazine and local publications.

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.

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

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