Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson describes how journalists use digital geography tools to report on the environment.
It’s a challenge to conceive of a news community consisting of parts of eight states and two provinces.
But an orbital camera can snap it all in the same frame.
Satellite imagery was among the digital geography tools for journalism that David Poulson demonstrated recently at Michigan State University’s library.
Knight Center Director Eric Freedman recently spoke about cyber dissent at Yale Law School’s Center for Global Legal Challenges.
Knight Center director Eric Freedman recently spoke at Yale Law School’s Center for Global Legal Challenges.
His talk, “Suppressing Cyber-dissent and the Limits of Human Rights Activism,” addressed how new communications technologies provide tools for almost anyone to become a publisher or broadcaster to disseminate news, information and opinion – even politically dangerous news , information and opinion. Those technologies also provide tools for authoritarian regimes to identify and punish cyber-dissenters.
He said experiences in the former Soviet Union, China, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere demonstrate the limited impact of efforts by human rights and free expression NGOs to effectively protest or reverse regime measures to silence cyber-critics, raising serious questions about how to increase their effectiveness.
The guest lecture was part of the Foreign Affairs in the Internet Age series organized by the Yale Law School Information Society Project.
The editors are Knight Center director Eric Freedman and Mark Neuzil, a journalism professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and a past guest speaker at the Knight Center.
The book explores an array of environmental challenges in a strategically crucial part of the globe, including the impact of climate change on glacial melt, desertification, deforestation, destruction of biodiversity, hazardous wastes, water quality and supply, energy exploration, air and pesticide pollution, and environmental diseases.
When Knight Center alum Debbie Munson Badini worked at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, she was often frustrated by reports of people dying while enjoying the water or woods, especially when the death could have been prevented with basic safety measures.
“My philosophy is that we need people to engage with nature and the environment if we want them to care about it,” she said. “Empowering citizens to feel confident about their safety while recreating outdoors plays a big part in getting them outside and connected to the world around them.”
Now the 2005 graduate of MSU’s masters in journalism program does just that as the new outreach and education coordinator for the Minnesota DNR’s boating and water safety program in St. Paul.