Outdoor writers award scholarships to MSU J-School students

Two Knight Center for Environmental Journalism students have won 2019 Toyota Let’s Go Places Scholarships from the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association.

Angela Mulka and Andrew Blok recently each received a $1,200 scholarship and a two-year, non-voting membership in the organization. The group is comprised of outdoor writers, hunters, fishers, hikers and recreational boaters.

Angela Mulka

Both Michigan State University students are reporters for the Knight Center’s environmental news service, Great Lakes Echo.

Mulka has a summer communications internship with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. She plans to apply the scholarship to college expenses as she enters her senior year pursuing a degree in journalism.

Andrew Blok

Blok, a masters student in journalism specializing in the environment, has a summer internship with Environmental Health News. He plans to use the award to buy microphones and a camera to diversify into audio and visual reporting.

Knight Center alum, research director win top paper award

Ran Duan presentation

Ran Duan, a Ph.D. graduate of the Knight Center and currently an assistant professor at the University or Reno, Nevada, and research director Bruno Takahashi won a top faculty paper award from the International Communication Association.

The award was presented by the Environmental Communication Division during the association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in May. The paper titled “How Engaging Are Concrete Images? the Moderating Role of Construal Level in Climate Change Visual Communication” was co-authored with Knight Center’s affiliated faculty member, Assistant Professor Adam Zwickle of the School of Criminal Justice.

Going wide is going deep in journalism, academia, science, life

David Poulson

By David Poulson

It’s a strange quirk of the news business that the most demanding job often goes to the least experienced reporter.

General assignment reporting often is what entry-level reporters endure until they land a beat, one allowing them to deeply learn a subject.

Those on general assignment lack the luxury of specialization. You have to be ready for anything. And what you don’t know, you learn.


I well remember my first few weeks on general assignment.  Continue reading

The Conversation with Knight Center director

Litter in the streets by Nutsa Chubinidze

Knight Center director Eric Freedman’s latest article for The Conversation examines the troubled state of environmental journalism in the Republic of Georgia, a strategically important ex-Soviet country in the Caucasus.

The article is based on his research last fall as a Fulbright Scholar teaching journalism at Caucasus University.

As part of their course, his journalism students photographed some of the environmental problems in Tbilisi, the capital. Continue reading