Knight Center Research Director Bruno Takahashi is examining how journalists used social media to cover last November’s typhoon in the Philippines.
The study is called “Social media uses in the face of disasters: An exploration of journalistic practices among media and communities impacted by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.”
He is collaborating with Edson Tandoc, an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, who is now in Tacloban City conducting interviews for the project.
The researchers are also working on a content analysis of tweets about the disaster.
Their work is supported by a recent grant from the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Hannah Northey, an energy and environment reporter for E&E Publishing’s Greenwire in Washington, D.C., was one of five American journalists chosen to travel to Japan this summer as a fellow with the International Center for Journalists. Northey’s stories will touch on critical energy, climate and trade issues facing Japan, including the use of coal-fired generation and nuclear power, the need for gas and growing efficiency programs.
Karlyn Haas has been named the new Marketing and & Communications Specialist for The Watershed Center.
Haas brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing and communications for education and non-profits, as well fundraising experience. She most recently served as the Grants Officer for Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., after serving as their Communications Manager. Since relocating to Traverse City in 2010, she has continued as a freelance grant writer, copy writer, editor and designer.
“We are so excited to have Karlyn on board with us at The Watershed Center,” said Executive Director Christine Crissman. “We feel she is a great fit and are excited to begin working with her.”
Haas holds a master’s degree in Environmental Journalism from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Hartwick College in New York. Her writing has been published regionally and nationally, including Arizona Tech Connect, Community College Times, The Great Lakes Reporter, The Lansing State Journal, MI-AWRA Michigan Water Resources, GreenPrint and The Arizona Solar Center.
“One of the reasons we moved our family back to Traverse City was to be close to the bay,” said Haas. “I’m very excited and proud to be part of an organization doing such important work in our community advocating for the protection of our greatest natural resource.”
Anisa Abid Peters
Knight Center graduate Anisa Abid Peters worked on this Nova special about Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo.
It airs 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 on PBS.