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
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.
When Tom Springer (M.A. 2002) applied for his new position as managing director of the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, he wondered if he’d have enough of a science background to qualify.
MSU J-School alum Margie Bauman. Image: Stacy Hoxsey
The Knight Center and its news service, Great Lakes Echo, got a mention in the Cordova (Alaska) Times, thanks to an alum of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.
Margaret Bauman (BA ’64) mentioned both in her story about a bacterial disease that afflicts fish. Bauman, who covers fisheries for the Prince Williams Sound publication, got the idea for the story from an Echo report
on the same disease in the Great Lakes basin.
That story was reported by Knight Center Director Eric Freedman. While Bauman’s story had the Alaskan spin on the disease, it also mentioned some of the information Freedman reported regarding its presence in the Great Lakes Basin. She credited the story and the center.
Four Michigan State University alums now practicing journalism were among those who recently tried to resolve the challenges of communicating uncertainty.
The Washington D.C. workshop they participated in brought together about 45 scientists, lawyers and journalists from across the nation to discuss how each of those groups try to resolve and express uncertainty. They explored the professional ethics that make it difficult to communicate environmental issues as diverse as genetically modified crops and global climate change. Continue reading