Echo story gets Alaskan spin thanks to alum and fisheries reporter

MSU J-School alum Margie Bauman. Image: Stacy Hoxsey

MSU J-School alum Margie Bauman. Image: Stacy Hoxsey

The Knight Center and its news service, Great Lakes Echo, got a mention in the Cordova (Alaska) Times, thanks to an alum of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.

Margaret Bauman (BA ’64) mentioned both in her story about a bacterial disease that afflicts fish. Bauman, who covers fisheries for the Prince Williams Sound publication, got the idea for the story from an Echo report on the same disease in the Great Lakes basin.
That story was reported by Knight Center Director Eric Freedman. While Bauman’s story had the Alaskan spin on the disease, it also mentioned some of the information Freedman reported regarding its presence in the Great Lakes Basin. She credited the story and the center.
Bauman had visited the Knight Center last year and continues to stay in touch with faculty and students – and apparently reads Great Lakes Echo.
In addition to working for the Cordova Times, she is also the Alaska bureau chief for Fisherman’s News in Seattle.

Covering the waterfront: Workshop gives tips for reporting on water systems

Water expert Joan Rose, left, and journalists and Lansing's Board of Water and LIght treatment plant. The mural depicts the power of water. Image: Eric Freedman

Water expert Joan Rose, right, and journalists at a Lansing water treatment plant. The mural depicts the power of water. Image: Eric Freedman

By Amanda Proscia

Control panels shaped like Oldsmobile sedan grills, car door handles for controls and hubcaps used as light fixtures set the scene for a recent Knight Center workshop on how to report about drinking water.

More than a dozen Michigan journalists and environmental communicators met recently at the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s John F. Dye Water Plant for the daylong workshop, “Beyond Flint: Reporting the Unreported Water Stories in Your Community.

It’s an unusual water plant with a design inspired by that city’s automotive history. And the walls feature murals depicting the beneficial and destructive potential of water, and another showing human control of nature and the importance of water that was painted by Charles Pollock, brother of the more famous artist Jackson Pollock. Continue reading

Environment reporter talks AP with Knight Center students

John Flesher speaks with students over a pizza lunch. Image: Barb Miller.

John Flesher, left, speaks with journalism students at the Knight Center about his career at the Associated Press. Image: Barb Miller.

By Marie Orttenburger

John Flesher has spent almost his entire news career working for the Associated Press.

That’s given him an up-close view of the wire service’s evolution in the past 35 years.

He evolved as well, growing into environmental coverage and providing the AP with Great Lakes news—a coverage area it had not previously explored.

Flesher recently visited Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism to talk with students about his career path.

He began at the AP doing editing and broadcast writing assignments and general reporting at the Raleigh, North Carolina bureau. He covered a range of subjects before settling into a government and politics beat.

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