Where Science Savvy Meets Journalistic Excellence
As a globally renowned science journalism program, the world’s oldest, we seek curious thinkers and strong writers from diverse backgrounds who understand that science is too important to leave only to scientists, and journalism is too important to leave only to the scientifically illiterate. Building on a 40-year tradition of excellence and a tight network of more than 450 alumni at prominent media outlets around the world, SHERP trains the next generation of great storytellers committed to covering scientific, medical, and environmental topics with passion and precision.
Work and Learn in the World Capital of Science Journalism
There are more opportunities for aspiring science journalists in New York than anywhere else, and SHERP is the beating heart of this community. Our students publish and intern at a wide array of leading outlets, where their editors are often SHERP graduates. Class work is focused squarely on developing practical, high-level storytelling skills, including video, audio, programming and writing projects ranging from quick news stories to full-blown investigative features and even a book proposal. Students graduate with a diverse portfolio of clips published in professional outlets as well as in SHERP’s award-winning in-house publication, Scienceline, which gets more than 2 million visits per year. We also leverage our position within NYU, a world-class science research institution, to bring in more than 100 guest scientists, journalists and other speakers from our community and around the world each year. Many visit SHERP classes; others take part in public events such as the Kavli Conversations on Science Communication at NYU.
A Commitment to Diversity and Affordability
Core to our mission at SHERP is to serve democracy by diversifying the ranks of science journalism. We seek high achieving students from varied backgrounds and support them with large financial aid awards funded by NYU and by our generous donors, including the Kavli, Simons, Robert Wood Johnson and Felsten Fishman Family foundations as well as our alumni and friends. For the three most recent SHERP classes, the average financial aid award per enrolled student has been approximately $59,300. (This includes only the aid we provide, not outside scholarships and loans, so the actual amount of aid per student is even higher.) If you think SHERP may be the right place for you, please don’t let financial concerns discourage you from applying!
An Unmatched Reputation in the Science Journalism Job Market
SHERP’s job placement track record is unequalled in science journalism. Graduates are working at outlets such as The New York Times, Vox, The Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, Scientific American, Popular Science, Radiolab, Science Friday, Quartz, The Financial Times, National Geographic, and dozens of other major outlets. With the active assistance of SHERP’s own internship supervisor, every student completes at least two high-level internships during their time at SHERP, giving them a major leg up in the job market.
An Alumni Network Spanning More than 25 Countries
Our alumni are a tight-knit group and are actively involved with our current students, both in the classroom and at networking and discussion events. That means you’ll finish the program with not only a diverse story portfolio, a broad base of strong skills, and the experience of at least two high-level internships, but also connections to a network of successful journalists who understand exactly what you bring to the table.
A World-Class Faculty
Every teacher at SHERP is a working science journalist and a leader in our rapidly changing industry. They are also all veteran instructors with proven track records of success in the classroom. Their journalism informs their teaching; their teaching informs their journalism. As busy as they are with their own reporting and editing, they make time to teach at SHERP (and painstakingly edit student work) because they get a charge out of being around bright, highly motivated students and nurturing the next generation of preeminent science storytellers.
Recent Published Work
The work of our students, faculty, and alumni speaks for itself. Check out an array of recent published stories: