New Knight Center graduate lands editing job, replaces another award-winning alum

Becky McKendry

Becky McKendry

Outgoing Great Lakes Echo reporter and copy editor Becky McKendry has landed a job as the news editor for the City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper.

McKendry graduates from the MSU J-School this spring with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a concentration in editorial reporting. She was the co-winner of the school’s outstanding senior award and recognized with the Knight Center Service Award.

She has been affiliated with the center through Echo since January of 2013. She was also the assistant bureau chief and a reporter for MSU’s Capital News Bureau for two semesters.

In addition to covering Lansing City Council for the Pulse and writing assorted print and online news stories, she will be assigning and pitching stories, editing freelance contributions, assisting in layout

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

duties, assisting with the Pulse’s radio and TV shows and overseeing interns.

She takes over the Pulse’s news section from managing/news editor Andy Balaskovitz, a 2009 graduate of the MSU J-School who won the Knight Center’s outstanding undergraduate award in 2008 and 2009.

Balaskovitz has accepted a position as a Michigan fellow for Midwest Energy News.

Associate director discusses eagles, beer and covering the environment at San Diego State University

Eagles and beer were among the diverse elements of a presentation given by Knight Center Associate Director David Poulson at San Diego State University’s Center for Science and Media.

Knight Center Associate Director David Poulson explains Great Lakes Echo to students in a media entrepreneurship class at San Diego State University. Poulson was invited to speak at the university's Center for Science and Media colloquium.

Knight Center Associate Director David Poulson explains Great Lakes Echo to students in a media entrepreneurship class at San Diego State University. Poulson was invited to speak at the university’s Center for Science and Media colloquium.

Poulson spoke April 17 and 18 as part of the California center’s 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series.

He examined the opportunities and challenges of reporting on the environment with emerging new media tools and discussed how these tools are redefining news communities, news stories and who gets to be a journalist.

That included using drones for an eagle-eye view of the environment and reaching readers by examining the environmental consequences of brewing beer and using the beverage to help define a news community.

He explained how such tools are used in the Knight Center’s environmental reporting efforts at Great Lakes Echo. He also met with students and faculty studying media entrepreneurship.

Echo hits milestone, looks for help with improvements

Echo-logoBy David Poulson

It’s a little more than five years since the Knight Center launched a non-profit environmental news service.

And as we pass the milestone of the 3,000th post on Great Lakes Echo, we’re celebrating with a new look.

We’re setting the foundation for another five years of producing and fostering original environmental news stories about the Great Lakes region.

Here’s what you’ll notice:

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Knight Center students honored at annual awards convocation

Undergraduate and graduate students associated with the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism will take top honors in the 2014 MSU School of Journalism Awards Convocation on Sunday April 14.

The outstanding PhD student, Kanni Huang, the outstanding master’s student, Katheryn Amann, and one of the J-School’s two outstanding seniors, Becky McKendry are all affiliated with the Knight Center.

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Researchers examine role of media in Peruvian climate change policymaking

Knight Center Research Director Bruno Takahashi has published a chapter in the book “Culture, Politics and Climate Change: How Information Shapes Our Common Future” edited by Deserai Crow and Max Boykoff.BrunoChapter

The chapter, ”Re-examining the Media-Policy Link: Climate Change and Government Elites in Peru,” explores the ways in which policymakers in the Peruvian Congress use in their decisions the information the media produces about climate change.

The chapter was co-authored with Mark Meisner (International Environmental Communication Association), and is part of a collection of studies examining the role of culture, the media, politics, and policy making in the social construction of climate change.

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Knight Center graduate gets new environmental post

Aileo Weinmann

Aileo Weinmann

Knight Center graduate Aileo Weinmann (MA-’05) has taken a new job as a senior program director at Resource Media, a nonprofit public relations firm that develops and executes communications strategies for the environment and public health.

He is now based in Washington DC, focusing on energy, climate and water projects. He plans to move west with his wife and two young children to one of Resource Media’s western locations.

Weinmann is a former editor of the Knight Center’s EJ Magazine and the co-winner of the 2005 Rachel Carson Award for Outstanding Graduate Student.

Previously he was the director of communications for the National Wildlife Federation.

Upcoming courses offered at MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

Here’s the academic schedule for Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism for the summer and fall of 2014 and spring of 2015.

Special notes:

  • The courses are open to all majors provided permission is obtained from the instructor to waive the pre-requisites required of some courses.
  • Some courses feed the Knight Center’s nonprofit environmental news service, Great Lakes Echo, providing students with professional experience and bylined clips.
  • More than $10,000 a year in scholarships is reserved exclusively for undergraduate and graduate students in environmental journalism courses.
  • You may take JRN 472/872 and JRN 473/873 more than once as the focus of each section is different.
  • Enrollment is limited.

Course descriptions:

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Kittens, ice and story selection

David Poulson

David Poulson

By David Poulson

The local historical society recently hosted a panel discussion of the history of the Lansing (Michigan) State Journal.

That’s my local newspaper and I was particularly interested in the event as I had once worked there as an editor. What really caught my interest in a video of the discussion was a longtime State Journal staffer’s explanation of the publication’s increasing use of metrics to measure how news is consumed.

She described how a video screen in the newsroom reports and ranks in real time the top Continue reading