Knight Center Research Director Bruno Takahashi recently presented environmental journalism research at the Hispanic Communication Conference organized by Florida International University.
The November conference gathered some of the most important academics and professionals working in communication and media issues that concern Hispanic audiences in the U.S.
Takahashi’s presentation, Challenges and Opportunities for Hispanic Media in Reporting Environmental Issues, included a general overview of the state of environmental journalism in the U.S. and recent research on the state of environmental reporting in Spanish language media.
Some of the results, based on in-depth interviews with journalists and news decision-makers, show important organizational, cultural, and journalistic limitations of Hispanic media – factors that constrain the salience of environmental issues.
Some of this work is in collaboration with MSU journalism professor Manuel Chavez and two colleagues at Florida International University, Juliet Pinto and Mercedes Vigon.
The researchers plan additional studies on the content of environmental news in Spanish language media and on Hispanic audience’s perceptions of environmental issues.
By David Poulson
We’re always on the look out for innovative stories and reporting techniques at Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.
In a couple weeks we’ll launch a series on civilian applications of drones for gathering information about the environment. I teach a course encompassing remote sensing, including the use of drones, as newsgathering tools.
So a story in the print edition of the New York Times, Drones Offer Journalists a Wider View, caught my eye at Monday’s breakfast table. It’s an interesting enough piece about a controversial technology. But what startled me was this sentence:
Carol Terracina Hartman
The University of Wisconsin’s Office of Research & Sponsored Programs has recognized Knight Center doctoral student Carol Terracina Hartman for scholarship and creative accomplishments.
Carol is on the Department of Communication faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she serves as campus media advisor for the independent student newspaper The Royal Purple.
The recognition is based on her research papers and journal articles on environmental issues such as climate change and the use of social media for environmental action, as well as photographs she took for Great Lakes Echo and her freelance writing.
By Eric Freedman
It’s a crisp late autumn morning in Bishkek as I write this. I’m sitting on a park bench within sight of the White House, the center of Kyrgyzstan’s national government. It’s a sunny Sunday, a bit before noon, and I can see the reflection of yellow leaves—soon to fall—on my iPad screen. A few people are strolling through the park now, although later in the day young lovers and would-be lovers will occupy these benches.
Mountains outside of Bishkek. Image: Eric Freeman
In the distance, there’s already snow visible on the nearby Ala-Too range of the Tian Shan Mountains.
The roses, a summertime pride of Bishkek’s parks, are dead, the bushes cut back and awaiting clean-up. The marigolds, too, are dead but the cold-damaged mums still hang on.