Knight Center seeks grant proposals for environment-related documentaries

The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism has launched its first competition for grants to help fund documentary projects (video, audio or multi-media) on environmental topics.

We expect to award three grants of up to $3,500 each. The competition is open to MSU faculty-student teams from any department or college.

Here are the essentials

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SEJ celebrates 25 years, announces fund drive

Knight Center students reporting for Great Lakes Echo indicate logos celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Society of Environmental Journalists. From left, Amanda Proscia, Jenna Chapman, Danielle Woodward and Fitz Duffy.

Knight Center students reporting for Great Lakes Echo indicate logos celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Society of Environmental Journalists. From left, Amanda Proscia, Jenna Chapman, Danielle Woodward and Fitz Duffy.

As part of its 25th anniversary the Society of Environmental Journalists is distributing posters and logos with a goal of getting 100 of them in newsrooms and workplaces of members and supporters.

The group has announced a funding drive to help support the next 25 years. You can give here.

 

 

Law article on communicating risk features Knight Center faculty

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David Poulson

An article on the ethics of communicating scientific uncertainty published in the February issue of Environmental Law Reporter features Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson.

The article is based in part on his presentation at a National Science Foundation conference for scientists, lawyers and journalists and organized by the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C.

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MSU journalism students eligible for scholarships; many are environment-related

The application deadline for scholarships from the MSU School of Journalism is Jan. 30.

Many of the scholarships target students interested in environmental reporting. You can find a list of the scholarships and how to apply online here.

The scholarships are awarded spring semester for use the following summer or fall. Undergraduate and graduate students who will not graduate in the spring are eligible.

What’s in a name?

Image: Eric Freedman

Image: Eric Freedman

By Eric Freedman
It’s a long way from Paris to the western outskirts of the Adirondack Mountains, and thus a surprise to spot a New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) sign for Bonaparte’s Cave State Forest.
Bonaparte? As in Napoleon Bonaparte? If so, what was the former emperor of France doing in Northern New York, about an hour’s drive south of the St. Lawrence River?

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Can autocomplete be a tool for reporting?

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By David Poulson

Important, great, cold, dangerous, low, polluted, big, clear, rough are reasonable adjectives for describing the Great Lakes.

But salty?

C’mon, they hold more than 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water. Their nickname is the Sweetwater Seas.

And yet “salty” is the ninth option autocomplete provides when you do a Google search on “Why are the Great Lakes so.”

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Painting extinction

Image: Laura Ball

Image: Laura Ball

By Eric Freedman

The Chelsea neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan has changed considerably since I lived in New York City. Well-maintained brownstones. Cafes and bistros. Lots of bikes. Bumper stickers opposed to fracking and climate change. Recycling bins. Even a sign by a corner park about an upcoming post-Halloween pumpkin composting site.

Chic has replaced cheesy. Upscale has supplanted rundown.

So Chelsea wasn’t an unlikely neighborhood for me to find extinction, or at least San Diego artist Laura Ball’s homage in watercolor to species in jeopardy of extinction.

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