Poulson recognized for service-learning, civic engagement

Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson with colleagues Amol Pavangadkar, far left, and Joe Grimm, far right, and College of Communication Arts and Sciences Dean Prabu David and School of Journalism Director Lucinda Davenport.

Knight Center Senior Associate Director David Poulson with colleagues Amol Pavangadkar, far left, and Joe Grimm, far right, and College of Communication Arts and Sciences Dean Prabu David and School of Journalism Director Lucinda Davenport.

The Knight Center’s senior associate director was recently recognized by Michigan State University for efforts that promote civic engagement and service learning.

The university cited David Poulson for integrating public service news reporting into classroom teaching and for his work teaching scientists to communicate their research directly to the public.

Poulson, a 1982 graduate of MSU’s School of Journalism, was a journalist for 22 years before returning to the university to teach in 2003. He has created three environment-related news services that are used as teaching platforms, but also enable students, faculty and professional journalists to report environmental news in multi-media venues.

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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

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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.