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LAND GRAB documentary screening

Land Grab Documentary

Land Grab Documentary

Join us for a screening of the Detroit documentary Land Grab.  Free admission.  Following the screening, director Sean O’Grady, and Hantz Farm president, Mike Score, will lead a discussion about what blight means to communities.

Wednesday, February 15th at 3 pm

Room 145 Comm Arts & Sciences.

Research director publishes study on sustainability behaviors

Bruno Takahashi

Bruno Takahashi

Knight Center research director Bruno Takahashi published a study titled “Sustainability behaviors among college students: an application of the Values-Belief-Norm theory ”  in the journal  Environmental Education Research. The study, co-authored with Knight Center faculty affiliates John Besley and Adam Zwickle, along with doctoral students Cameron Whitley and Alisa Lertpratchya, presents an analysis of survey data of over 1,500 undergraduate students at Michigan State University.

The researchers examined the effect of values, beliefs and social norms – on transportation choices, recycling, food choices, energy conservation and support for political candidates. A comparison of the five behaviors reveals that adherence to biospheric values is a consistent predictor for all behaviors measured. Social norms were also important in explaining the extent of engagement with these behaviors. Continue reading

Veteran journalists visit Knight Center

By Kate Habrel and Ian Wendrow

Longtime journalists John Hughes of Bloomberg News in Washington and Margie Bauman of the Cordova Times in Alaska and Fisherman’s News spoke with Knight Center students on recent visits to MSU.

John Hughes of Bloomberg News in Washington

John Hughes of Bloomberg News in Washington

Hughes, of Bloomberg First Word breaking-news desk in Washington, shared his experiences working in journalism, where he’s covered a broad range of events from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to the “Miracle on the Hudson” airplane landing in New York City

His career included a stint at the Associated Press, when he spent two years in Detroit covering the auto industry and other topics and two years in Washington, where his beat included such natural resources issues as salmon and forestry.

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Poulson re-elected to board of national environmental journalism group

Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson, left, moderates a panel on teaching environmental journalism at the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalism.  On the panel from left are Mark Neuzil, University of St. Thomas; Michael Kodas, University of Colorado; and Don Corrigan, Webster University. Image: Bruno Takahashi

Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson, left, moderates a panel on teaching environmental journalism at the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalism. On the panel from left are Michael Kodas, University of Colorado; Mark Neuzil, University of St. Thomas; and Don Corrigan, Webster University. Image: Bruno Takahashi

Knight Center faculty member David Poulson was recently re-elected to the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Poulson is the center’s senior associate director and represents the academic members of the largest national organization that supports journalists who report on the environment. He has been an SEJ member 25 years and has served on the board for three years.

He has taught at MSU nearly 14 years and was an environmental reporter during a 22-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor.

The International Association of Great Lakes Research recognized him in 2015 for decades of sustained efforts to inform and educate the public and policymakers.

Also elected to the SEJ board:

  • Mark Schleifstein, environment reporter at NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.
  • Kate Sheppard, senior reporter and the environment and energy editor at the Huffington Post.
  • Gloria Dickie, freelance environment writer, photographer and multi-media journalist
  • Dennis Dimick, retired executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine and picture editor at the National Geographic Society.