Poulson re-elected to board of national environmental journalism group

Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson, left, moderates a panel on teaching environmental journalism at the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalism.  On the panel from left are Mark Neuzil, University of St. Thomas; Michael Kodas, University of Colorado; and Don Corrigan, Webster University. Image: Bruno Takahashi

Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson, left, moderates a panel on teaching environmental journalism at the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalism. On the panel from left are Michael Kodas, University of Colorado; Mark Neuzil, University of St. Thomas; and Don Corrigan, Webster University. Image: Bruno Takahashi

Knight Center faculty member David Poulson was recently re-elected to the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Poulson is the center’s senior associate director and represents the academic members of the largest national organization that supports journalists who report on the environment. He has been an SEJ member 25 years and has served on the board for three years.

He has taught at MSU nearly 14 years and was an environmental reporter during a 22-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor.

The International Association of Great Lakes Research recognized him in 2015 for decades of sustained efforts to inform and educate the public and policymakers.

Also elected to the SEJ board:

  • Mark Schleifstein, environment reporter at NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.
  • Kate Sheppard, senior reporter and the environment and energy editor at the Huffington Post.
  • Gloria Dickie, freelance environment writer, photographer and multi-media journalist
  • Dennis Dimick, retired executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine and picture editor at the National Geographic Society.

 

 

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Cultivating uncertainty through science reporting

Image: Mike Gifford, Flickr.

By Marie Orttenburger

SACRAMENTO – Science is integral to environmental reporting, but it’s also a source of the field’s biggest dilemmas.

Science reporters often find themselves crafting imperfect metaphors, navigating complex findings, trying not to overwhelm the reader with data. And they’re doing all of that while struggling to understand the science themselves.

The “EJ Reporting: Don’t Forget the Science” panel at the Society of Environmental Journalist’s recent 26th annual conference tackled this challenge.  The discussion, featuring science reporters Sarah Zielinski, Dan Fagin, Janet Raloff and Christopher Joyce, opened with some reassurance. 

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Baba Brinkman, peer reviewed rapper. Image: Marie Orttenburger.

Baba Brinkman brings beats to SEJ conference

By Marie Orttenburger

SACRAMENTO – Baba Brinkman uses rap to communicate about otherwise esoteric subjects.

The Canadian artist peformed recently at the 26th annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists in Sacramento and even wrote a rap about the meeting and about outgoing executive director Beth Parke while he was there.

His most recent album, The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, will be released September 30.

It focuses on climate change and the science and politics behind it. Reporter Marie Orttenburger caught up with him at the conference to learn more about his craft. Listen to the interview and to his performance of IPCC – a reference to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Beth Parke reflects on 26 years at helm of Society of Environmental Journalists

By Marie Orttenburger

Beth Parke has been the Society of Environmental Journalists’ executive director from the 26-year-old organization’s beginning. This year, she will step down from that position. Reporter Marie Orttenburger talked with her at the organization’s national conference in Sacramento about her proudest achievements, where the organization is headed and her advice for the next executive director.