Journalism and Public Education

BCSP’s public education program produces evidence-based, objective journalism, conversations, and courses about psychedelics. For twice-weekly news updates on psychedelics—ranging from science and culture to business and policy—subscribe to our newsletter The Microdose. 

Public Education

The Center’s public education program offers online courses, original reporting, and public dialogue to inform policy makers, journalists, businesses, potential patients, and anyone curious about psychedelics in the United States and around the world.

Our basic online class will be presented as a massive open online course (MOOC) that concisely and comprehensively delivers material speaking to the complexity of psychedelic substances, including their healing capacities and their risks, and addresses centrally important aspects of history, biology, chemistry, psychology, and public policy related to psychedelics.

In the meantime, the substances page of our website provides an introduction to psychedelics themselves. Our resource database offers additional scientific articles, historical documents, and news stories.

The Tim Ferris-UC Berkeley Journalism Fellowships

Administered by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Ferriss–UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship offers fifteen $10,000 grants per year to journalists reporting in-depth print and audio stories on the science, policy, business, and culture of this new era of psychedelics.

In addition to underwriting individual stories, the fellowship aims to establish and nurture a new generation of journalists covering the front lines of this rapidly changing field. We’re looking for big, underreported, narratively compelling stories placed in rich political, economic, scientific, and cultural contexts. We are committed to supporting journalists from diverse backgrounds and of all nationalities.

To learn more about how to apply, click here.


2022 Tim Ferris-UC Berkeley Journalism Fellows

KIMON DE GREEF

Kimon De Greef

South Africa
@kimondegreef

Kimon de Greef is a freelance journalist from South Africa who has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Guernica, National Geographic, The New Yorker, and other publications. He coauthored a book on abalone smuggling with a poacher who began writing a memoir in prison. He holds an MSc in conservation biology from the University of Cape Town and an MA in journalism from New York University. Kimon is writing a book about psychedelic toad smoking and the charismatic healer who evangelized the practice, expanding on a feature story for The New Yorker to explore the ecological, cultural, and psychological consequences (among others) of a modern psychedelic movement.

KENYA DENISE

Kenya Denise

Brooklyn, New York

Kenya Denise is the cofounder and creative director of Domino Sound, a new production studio creating innovative, educational, and provocative multimedia. She wrote, directed, and executive produced the narrative audio drama The Cheat Code, and was audio executive producer on Skin Contact, photographer Naima Green’s prototype digital archive of queer New York. Due to relocation after Hurricane Katrina, she grew up in both New Orleans and the DMV. She is a disabled Scorpio who hates racism and a psychonaut who throws amazing parties. Kenya is producing an audio piece about the use of psychedelics for good by descendants of the African diaspora. Her work incorporates imagination and experimentation to reflect on radical Black history, culture, and spirituality through the lens of the contemporary psychedelic Black underground in hopes of promoting equity in the development of the psychedelic future.

OLIVIA GOLDHILL

Olivia Goldhill

Los Angeles, California
@OliviaGoldhill

Olivia Goldhill is an investigative reporter at STAT who has been reporting on psychedelic research and drug development since 2016. She’s interested in exploring how psychedelics fit within the existing model of health care and holding the industry to high standards to create the strongest protections for patients. Her previous reporting in this space includes investigating a potential psilocybin-containing mushroom monopoly and exposing sexual abuse in a psychedelic clinical trial. She is a 2021 EPPY Award finalist and a 2020 Livingston Award finalist. Before joining STAT, Olivia worked at Quartz in New York and The Daily Telegraph in London. She is working on a long-form narrative article about therapist training, oversight for future psychedelic therapists, and the institutions working to set the standards for medicinal psychedelic therapists. In July 2022, Olivia signed a book deal about psychedelics with Bloomsbury. The book is called Psyched and it’s about how emerging psychedelic therapies call into question the very foundations of the mental health industry,

ERNESTO LONDOÑO

Ernesto Londoño

St. Paul, Minnesota
@londonoe

Ernesto Londoño is a journalist at The New York Times who served as its Brazil bureau chief from 2017 to 2022 and was previously a member of the editorial board, where he wrote about global issues. Before joining the Times, Ernesto worked at The Washington Post for nine years, where his assignments included covering the Pentagon, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Arab Spring. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Ernesto is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He is working on a book, to be published by Celadon Books in collaboration with The New York Times, about the past, perils, and promise of medicinal psychedelics that will explain how a booming retreat industry in Latin America with roots in Indigenous and religious rituals is shaping the movement to legalize and broaden access to hallucinogens.

SHAYLA LOVE

Shayla Love

Brooklyn, New York
@shayla__love

Shayla Love is an award-winning journalist based in Brooklyn. She is a senior staff writer at Vice News, on Motherboard’s features desk, where she writes about health, science, psychology, and psychedelics. She has a master’s degree in science journalism from Columbia University, and her work has appeared in Mosaic, STAT, Undark Magazine, The Washington Post, Kenyon Review, The Atlantic, Vice, Harper’s Magazine, Gothamist, and others. Shayla is working on a feature article about psychedelic clinical trial design that digs into the history of randomized controlled trials, whether psychedelic study participants are truly blinded, the hunt for an active placebo, and possible alternative study designs.

JONATHAN MOENS

Jonathan Moens

Rome, Italy
@jonathan_moens

Jonathan Moens is an Eritrean-Belgian science and investigative journalist based in Rome. He studied brain sciences in London and Paris, where he worked as a neuroscience research assistant, before pursuing journalism in New York. As a freelancer, he covers science, health, and environmental stories, which have been published in National Geographic, Undark Magazine, The Atlantic, and more. Jonathan is writing about a series of experiments in Europe using psychedelics as a treatment for patients in vulnerable states. He’ll examine the ethical, political, and scientific ramifications of these studies and hopes to produce a multimedia project merging long-form writing and photography.

CASSADY ROSENBLUM

Cassady Rosenblum

Thomas, West Virginia
@cassadyariel

Cassady Rosenblum is a writer from West Virginia and proud alumna of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. In addition to being a 2022 Ferris-Berkeley Fellow, she is also the 2022–2023 Opinion Fellow for The New York Times. She’s been fascinated by psychedelics ever since learning about her Beat Generation namesake, Neal Cassady, and is especially interested in writing about how psychedelics are spreading to red states and rural places. In July 2022, Cassady published her fellowship story “These Mormons Have Found a New Faith — in Magic Mushrooms,” in Rolling Stone. In it, she describes how worshippers are leaving the Church of Latter-day Saints in record numbers, and some are finding a new kind relationship with the divine through a psilocybin church co-founded by a man who was for years one of the most powerful Republicans in the Utah State Legislature.

CHRIS WALKER

Chris Walker

Denver, Colorado
@bikejournalist

Chris Walker is a freelance journalist based in the Mountain West who specializes in narrative long-form reporting. Over the past decade his work has spanned four continents, ranging from investigative journalism to arts and culture writing. His research into drug policy includes the 2020 narrative podcast series The Syndicate, about the rise and fall of a cannabis-smuggling empire in Colorado. Chris is producing a four-part podcast series about statewide efforts to broaden access to psychedelics in Colorado, and how those campaigns are highlighting tensions playing out across the nation.