Knight Center alums earn new positions at Traverse City paper

Danielle Woodward

Danielle Woodward

Knight Center alum Danielle Woodward is a new business reporter at the Traverse City (Michigan)  Record Eagle.

Woodward, a 2015 graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, is a former reporter for the center’s Great Lakes Echo. She received the Knight Center’s 2015 Service Award and also a National Pulliam Journalism Fellowship.

She served an internship as copy editor at the Arizona Republic during the past summer.

She will be covering businesses in Traverse City and surrounding counties.

Carol Thompson

Carol Thompson

Among the staff that she joins is Carol Thompson, another Knight Center alum who worked at Great Lakes Echo. Thompson, a 2012 MSU graduate, recently picked up environmental reporting responsibilities at the paper.

During her stint with the Knight Center she was awarded the Edward J. Meeman award for outstanding undergraduate student in 2012.  She joined the Record Eagle in 2014 after reporting for two years at the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wis.

The Traverse City Record Eagle is a daily morning newspaper that serves 5 counties in northwest lower Michigan: Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim, Kalkaska.  It is owned by Community Newspaper Holding, Inc. along with more than 200 community newspapers throughout the United States.

Gender and food

Here’s a look at how researchers are examining the impact of gender on food systems and food systems reform.

It was produced by Michigan State University students affiliated with the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.

Grant competition for making environmental documentaries

Round Two of the Knight Center Documentary Grant competition
The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism will award up to 3 grants of $3,500 each to support the making of environment-related documentaries (video, audio or other digital media) by MSU faculty-student teams.
Here are the essentials
Deadline for submission: December 1, 2015, at 5 p.m.
Decisions to be announced approximately January 15, 2016.
Open to faculty and students from all departments at MSU.
Maximum award: $3,500 for 1 year
These must be documentaries, not public service announcements or advocacy pieces.
The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism must be credited for underwriting the project.
The Knight Center will be entitled to use your documentary, including linking on our website and presentation in classes, workshops and other activities.
Allowable expenses include travel, essential equipment, supplies, pay for students and festival & competition entry fees. All expenditures must comply with MSU procedures and rules. Any equipment purchased remains the property of MSU.
What to Submit
• Working title
• Medium: video, audio or other digital media
• Project summary (200 words maximum): What compelling story will you tell?
• Estimated timeline (Be realistic)
• Most likely audiences: Whom do you expect to watch or listen to it?
• For video & audio documentaries, what length do you expect the final version to be?
• Distribution plans: How will you disseminate your product?
• Budget plan: How do you plan to spend the money?
• Team members:
• Faculty: name, rank and department or school and project role, with abbreviated CV
• Students: name, year, major and project role, with resume
• Potential problems and obstacles
• Links to any relevant projects by team members or bring a CD to the Knight Center office at 382 Com Arts Building by the deadline
Email questions to Eric Freedman, Director,
Email submissions to Barbara Miller,

Knight Center faculty publish steel photography research

Bethlehem #16

Smoke Series, Bethlehem #16, Lackawanna NY 1988:” Image copyright John Pfahl

Environmental impacts of steelmaking are felt in communities where steel is made and beyond, from dramatic changes in landscapes to smoke-darkened horizons to contaminated ponds.

For photographers and other artists—painters, poets, songwriters—those impacts provide an opportunity to use their creative works to draw public attention to ecological conditions at operating and abandoned mills.

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