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Journalism and non-journalism students at Michigan State University explore how to better report environmental issues to the public at the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.

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Environmental journalism courses can help students meet the School of Journalism’s elective requirements. They can also be used as part of an environmental theme to complete the school’s concentration requirement by combining them with environment-related courses outside the journalism program. See your academic adviser or contact the Knight Center.
Non-journalism students interested in environmental issues are encouraged to contact instructors to discuss waiver of pre-requisites. Often a journalism environmental course may meet communication course requirements of other departments.
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Undergraduates are also encouraged to join the student Environmental Journalism Association and write for Great Lakes Echo to gain resume-building experience and clips.
Undergraduate students are eligible for several awards and scholarships in environmental journalism.
They are encouraged to augment their study with environment classes and programs elsewhere at MSU such as the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment.

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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Knight Center faculty, alumni publish ethanol headline study

Research Director Bruno Takahashi and former Knight Center graduate students Carol Terracina-Hartman and Katie Amann have published a new study titled “Policy, economic themes dominate ethanol headlines” in Newspaper Research Journal.

The study examines issue attributes, themes, tone and sources in U.S. elite newspaper headlines between 1987 and 2011. The results show a dominance of policy and economic themes and the prevalence of ethanol industry representatives over government sources.

The study was co-authored with Mark Meisner, executive director of the International Environmental Communication Association.

Knight Center student reports on destructive insective

Kelly van Frankenhuyzen

Kelly van Frankenhuyzen

The emerald ash borer’s devastation of ash trees in forest and cities is the subject of a website produced by a Knight Center student for her masters project.

The goal of the project by Kelly van Frankenhuyzen is to understand the impact of the insect in Michigan and Ohio. The website is geared toward middle school science students with the idea of engaging future generations in citizen science and in the skills and knowledge needed to protect natural resources.

She worked with two Forest Service scientists in Delaware, Ohio, to learn how some trees survive the insect next to those that do not.

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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.