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EJ grad students win national awards

Three Michigan State University graduate students in environmental journalism won top awards for the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. Kate Habrel and Marie Orttenburger were part of the team that won Best of Festival for a multimedia project titled “The New Vinyl.” Cheyna Roth, a recent graduate, won the Award of Excellence with her team for a documentary directed by Professor Geri Alumit Zeldes titled “Hubert, His Story.”

Habrel and Orttenburger’s project explores the renewed interest in vinyl collecting, combining interviews, photos and video that they compiled into a website. “Hubert, His Story” followed Hubert Roberts, a former convict granted parole in 1999, as he reintegrated back into society and grew into a community leader and mentor in Flint, Michigan.

The winners will attend the award ceremony on April 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of the Broadcast Education Association’s annual convention. Recipients will have their projects screened at the convention and will receive $1,000 from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation. The winners were selected from over 1,450 separate entries, representing 175 colleges and universities.

“I’m flattered that our hard work was recognized in such a big way,” Habrel said, “and look forward to attending what’s sure to be one of the highlights of my first year of graduate school.”

Knight Center faculty, students present research at Japan conference

Bruno Takahashi, awards a top student paper award.

Bruno Takahashi, awards a top student paper award.

Faculty and doctoral students affiliated with the Knight Center presented environmental research recently at the International Communication Association’s (ICA) 66th Annual Conference in Fukuoka, Japan.

The theme of the June 9-13 conference was “Communicating with Power.”

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Knight Center researcher wins top poster award for study on El Niño

Jack Nissen with research poster.

Jack Nissen with research poster.

Knight Center researcher Jack Nissen received top honors at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Festival  (UURAF) at MSU.

Nissen’s poster titled  “Tackling uncertainty: How do journalists report the ‘what ifs’ of el Niño” placed first in section one of the Communication Arts and Sciences competition.

Nissen, a journalism junior at MSU, conducted this research project under the guidance of Knight Center Research Director Bruno Takahashi. Nissen analyzed the concept of scientific uncertainty used in news articles that talked about El Niño in three publications in California from October 2015 to January 2016.

The research was presented on April 8, 2016 in the MSU Union ballroom. This was the first time Nissen presented a scholarly project. Discussions with the judges of the event centered around the challenges of analyzing news articles, as well as gaining a better understanding of what ambiguity and uncertainty mean in the media.

Nissen will next work on an academic article based on this study that will be submitted for publication later in the summer of 2016.