In most ways, 2008 wasn’t a good time for science and environmental journalism. In a time of global recession — and existential transformation for the media itself — newspapers, magazines, and broadcasting companies of all kinds were shedding their science desks and abandoning environmental coverage.
It was in that landscape that the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) launched a new online magazine, Yale Environment 360
, which promised to cover these critical issues from a global perspective, with depth and scientific rigor.
A decade later Yale Environment 360
is still doing just that, reaching millions of readers globally with in-depth coverage by the world’s leading journalists and scientists. And still at the helm is Roger Cohn
, formerly editor-in-chief of Mother Jones
and executive editor at Audubon
, who was recruited by F&ES to create and run the magazine.
In an interview, Cohn describes the important niche e360
has filled since 2008, how it has evolved in its first decade, and how being at F&ES has made the publication stronger.
What has Yale Environment 360 brought to the landscape of environmental journalism?