The Knight Center is awarding $2,000 grants to two Michigan high schools for collaboration between journalism and environmental science classes.
The winning projects were selected in the center’s second statewide competition.
The Knight Center also has matched the schools with professional journalism mentors to work with the students and teachers for guidance and advice on the projects.
The grants go to:
Uzbekistan. Image: Embassy Uzbekistan, Washington D.C.
By Eric Freedman
Water is a precious commodity in rural Uzbekistan. It’s in short supply but essential for the cotton and wheat that are the landlocked Central Asian country’s “strategic export commodities” providing 30 percent of its gross domestic product.
Water is just as essential for peasants who grow most of their own food.
Now a new study shows the interconnection among water, women, work and gender inequality under Uzbekistan’s government-mandated water management system that overwhelmingly favors private farms owned by men.
By Kevin Lavery
This story originally appeared on Current State and is republished here with permission.
The world is watching as Donald Trump prepares to become the 45th President of the United States. As he selects his team of advisors, many are waiting to see what policies will emerge under Trump’s leadership. Environmental regulation is just one issue.
A year ago, the U-S joined more than 100 nations in signing the Paris Agreement, which sets forth actions to slow the effects of climate change. Now, some analysts believe a Trump administration may be poised to withdraw U.S. participation in the agreement. Such an action could significantly roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards.
Current State talks with the chair of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. Eric Freedman is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who formerly wrote for the Detroit News. He’s recently returned from an environmental journalism workshop in Kenya, an area of the world that’s keenly watching America’s next moves.
Image: Scott Pohl
By Eric Freedman
This column originally appeared in Domemagazine.com.
When I joined the Lansing Bureau of the Detroit News, the paper was in the process of vastly expanding its Capitol staff to more than a dozen, including a photographer and political columnist. We were by far Michigan’s largest bureau covering state government and politics. Continue reading