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Knight Center student recognized for food reporting

 

Carin Tunney

Carin Tunney

The Association of Food Journalists recently recognized Knight Center student Carin Tunney for excellence in writing about food.

Tunney received second place in the student division of the 2017 contest for her story about the growing interest in North America in raising insects for food. The story is called  “Can tiny livestock solve big hunger?

The 2017 awards, which recognized excellence in 13 categories of food writing and editing, visuals and multimedia, received 289 entries.

Started in 1986, AFJ’s awards competition is the oldest still-functioning contest for food journalists.

The story appeared in Great Lakes Echo and also in The Food Fix,  both news service published by the center at Michigan State University.

Tunney recently received her masters degree in journalism from MSU. She is now studying for her doctorate at the university.

Knight Center grad shows humor in the face of wildfires

By Kate Habrel

Sarah Coefield.   Photo credit:  Shannon Edney

Sarah Coefield. Photo credit: Shannon Edney

MSU graduate and former Knight Center employee Sarah Coefield was featured recently as “Monday’s Montanan” in the Missoulian.

The reason? In part: dumb smoke jokes.

Coefield is one of two Missoula County air quality specialists. She wears numerous hats for her job – writing policy and rules for air pollution control and air quality updates. It’s those updates that have recently attracted a lot of attention. Continue reading

Knight Center associate discusses MSU visit with Russian colleagues

Julia Balashova

Julia Balashova

Professor Julia Balashova, who was affiliated with the Knight Center as a Fulbright Scholar while doing research at MSU during the past academic year, was the main speaker at a recent workshop called “Communication Education in the Leading USA Universities and Possibilities of the Fulbright Program.”

The workshop took place at St. Petersburg State University (Russia) where she heads the master’s program in popular science journalism.

Focusing on the MSU School of Journalism, Balashova described the life of American students and campus life such as university sports, learning and leisure activities. She also spoke about differences between Russian and American educational programs, educational processes, the evaluation system and interaction with the educational environment.

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.