Category Archives: Awards


EJ alum shoots high

Madison Hall

Madison Hall

Madison Hall, an alum of the Knight Center’s Environmental Journalism master’s program, is now ranked 11th nationally by USA Shooting for Women’s Air Pistol..

Hall competed in the USA Shooting Winter Air Gun match at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Hall, now a doctoral candidate in Fisheries & Wildlife, belongs to the MSU Shooting Sports Club.

In an interview with, Hall said, “While my academic goal is to complete my Ph.D. in the coming year, my competitive shooting goals remain fixed on regional, national and international air pistol shooting events, and I hope to be a role model to younger students, scientists and athletes who are trying to find their way with intelligence, compassion, strength and dignity.”

Hall’s plans include combining graduate studies and a competitive career, including a desire to compete in the Olympics.

Knight Center student a finalist for national reporting prize

Carin Tunney

Carin Tunney

A story by Knight Center graduate student Carin Tunney was recently named a finalist in a national Association of Food Journalists competition.

The story “Can tiny livestock solve big hunger” about eating insects in North America appeared in two Knight Center publications: The Food Fix and Great Lakes Echo.

The winner will be announced in September at the annual conference of the Association of Food Journalists in Philadelphia.

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Research director wins top faculty paper award

Bruno Takahashi

Bruno Takahashi

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.


Perry ParksThe 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.

Knight Center researcher wins top poster award for Flint water crisis reporting project

Nissen URAAF

Jack Nissen

For the second year in a row, Knight Center researcher Jack Nissen won a top poster award at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) at MSU.

Nissen won first place in the Communication Arts & Sciences-Section 3 for a qualitative study titled: “Crisis reporting and community engagement: The role of local reporters during the Flint water crisis.” The presentation took place on April 7, 2017.

Through conversations conducted over a series of weeks, journalists intimately involved in local coverage of the crisis were interviewed about their experiences reporting. Questions focused on newsroom resource allocation, national media coverage and journalistic responsibility to the community.

A senior majoring in Journalism, this is Nissen’s second year of research under the guidance of Knight Center research director Bruno Takahashi. He’ll conduct more interviews to better understand how journalists operated during the crisis.