Knight Center research director Bruno Takahashi won the top faculty paper award in the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference.
The paper titled “Students’ experiences in an environmental journalism master’s program: An application of knowledge-based journalism principles,” was co-authored with doctoral student Perry Parks.
The paper presents a qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with graduates from the master’s program in journalism at MSU. The study highlights the challenges faced by journalism students interested in environmental reporting. A main challenges is the perceived gap between communication theory, statistics and research methods, and the practice of journalism.
The paper will be presented at the AEJMC conference in Chicago, August 9 to the 12, 2017.
By Kate Habrel
Environmental photographer Camille Seaman saw the sky rotating when she worked as a storm chaser.
“It was so visceral,” she said. “I looked up and for a second, I was no longer on the planet. Suddenly it was like I was in a nebula watching a star being formed. And as soon as I felt that, I was back.”
This deep connection to nature has been present Seaman’s entire life. Her heritage as a Shinnecock Indian informs and inspires her photography in a powerful way.
Seaman recently visited Michigan State University, where her exhibition “All My Relations: An Indigenous Perspective on Landscape” is displayed at the MSU Museum until September. It features photographs from two of her extended projects, “Melting Away” and “The Big Cloud.”
By Natasha Blakely
Dennis Dimick has worked as a journalist and photographer and with students and schools.
But those achievements pale in comparison to his daughters, he said.
“All the work that I’ve been doing, magazine editing, coming to schools, trying to proselytize on these issues, I think that’s all very good and important,” Dimick said. “But I think the most important thing I’ve ever been able to do is produce two young, active, engaged future citizens of society.”
Dimick, the retired environment editor of National Geographic, recently visited Michigan State University to help produce more. He attended journalism classes as a guest, lectured, critiqued work and participated in a Q&A, all of that as part of his work with Eyes on Earth.
Kelly van Frankenhuyzen
The emerald ash borer’s devastation of ash trees in forest and cities is the subject of a website produced by a Knight Center student for her masters project.
The goal of the project by Kelly van Frankenhuyzen is to understand the impact of the insect in Michigan and Ohio. The website is geared toward middle school science students with the idea of engaging future generations in citizen science and in the skills and knowledge needed to protect natural resources.
She worked with two Forest Service scientists in Delaware, Ohio, to learn how some trees survive the insect next to those that do not.