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Water art: photographer chases storms, ice to document changing planet’s beauty

Camille Seaman

Camille Seaman

By Kate Habrel

Environmental photographer Camille Seaman saw the sky rotating when she worked as a storm chaser.

“It was so visceral,” she said. “I looked up and for a second, I was no longer on the planet. Suddenly it was like I was in a nebula watching a star being formed. And as soon as I felt that, I was back.”

This deep connection to nature has been present Seaman’s entire life. Her heritage as a Shinnecock Indian informs and inspires her photography in a powerful way.

Seaman recently visited Michigan State University, where her exhibition “All My Relations: An Indigenous Perspective on Landscape” is displayed at the MSU Museum until September. It features photographs from two of her extended projects, “Melting Away” and “The Big Cloud.”

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Two high schools win journalism-environmental science grants from the Knight Center

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:

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Veteran journalists visit Knight Center

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

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.

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Covering the waterfront: Workshop gives tips for reporting on water systems

Water expert Joan Rose, left, and journalists and Lansing's Board of Water and LIght treatment plant. The mural depicts the power of water. Image: Eric Freedman

Water expert Joan Rose, right, and journalists at a Lansing water treatment plant. The mural depicts the power of water. Image: Eric Freedman

By Amanda Proscia

Control panels shaped like Oldsmobile sedan grills, car door handles for controls and hubcaps used as light fixtures set the scene for a recent Knight Center workshop on how to report about drinking water.

More than a dozen Michigan journalists and environmental communicators met recently at the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s John F. Dye Water Plant for the daylong workshop, “Beyond Flint: Reporting the Unreported Water Stories in Your Community.

It’s an unusual water plant with a design inspired by that city’s automotive history. And the walls feature murals depicting the beneficial and destructive potential of water, and another showing human control of nature and the importance of water that was painted by Charles Pollock, brother of the more famous artist Jackson Pollock. Continue reading