“Weather Watchers Living-Learning Community will not occur for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please check back here in Spring 2021 for more information on applying for 2021-2022.  Thank you.”

If you are interested in weather, science communication, and/or video production, this community is for you! This program offers you the opportunity to work with a group of students to produce daily weather forecasts and longer science journalism shows for the university’s own television network.  Ideal for students pursuing Meteorology, Communications, Journalism and Information Technology students. Note: There are multiple opportunities for involvement in this LLC if you are student who does not want to be on air!

Programs in the past have included the following:

  • Produce content for RU-tv
  • Gain experience in front of a green screen (should you desire to be in front of the camera)
  • Learn how to write, produce, and edit television packages
  • Access to unique and relevant field trip opportunities
  • Learn how to use a state-of-the-art broadcast meteorology visualization package
  • Hear guest lectures from professional broadcast meteorologists
  • Hone your public speaking skills
  • Study social media’s impact on weather forecasting
  • Discuss meteorology’s influence on culture and vice versa
  • Develop a better understanding of meteorology on an international scale.

All students affiliated with SAS, SEBS, and RBS.

Students must place into Basic Composition or higher for English testing

LLC Orientation
Make Rutgers home! We’d like you to begin to connect with students, faculty, and staff even before the start of classes. LLC orientation is currently scheduled to occur virtually on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 (including an introduction to the LLC staff, a meet-and-greet with your staff/faculty partners, and a campus social).

Students are required to participate in a 1.5 credit course, focusing on media messages and scientific aspects of weather reporting, for both fall and spring semesters during their first year.

Fall:

  • Weather Climate TV I (1.5 credits)
  • Introduction to Meteorology (3 credits)

Spring: 

  • Weather Climate TV II (1.5 credits)

Download a sample syllabus for this community. Please note: Syllabi and Instructors change over time, so this may not be the exact syllabus or course content that you will take as a future participant.

Application Process

Incoming first-years and transfers:   

  1. Complete your application ASAP, and no later than Sunday, July 19.  Why wait, APPLY TODAY by clicking here!  An essay is no longer required for this community.  

Current students:
To complete a living-learning community application as a current Rutgers student, click here.

For more information, please submit an interest form.

For RU-tv specific inquiries, contact Tasha Coleman at t.coleman@ur.rutgers.edu

For more information about the Rutgers Meteorology Program, visit their website or contact: Prof. Steve Decker, Rutgers Meteorology Program E-mail: decker@envsci.rutgers.edu