MSU journalism students can learn to report on biotech at Arizona workshop – for free

By David Poulson
Knight Center graduate and undergraduate students have a great shot at a scholarship to learn to report on biotechnology at a workshop at Arizona State University Oct. 27-28.
Student and professional journalists can attend Biotech University at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
And three student journalists at Michigan schools can have their workshop registration, travel and meals provided by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and the United Soybean Board.
What’s more, after the workshop the students can submit a story about biotechnology to an independent panel of experienced journalists. The grand-prize winner gets a $2,500 scholarship.
A runner-up graduate student and undergraduate student will each receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Participants will:

  • Tackle the controversial issue of genetic modification
  • Learn from a veteran reporter how to report on biotechnology and GMOs
  • Participate in a DNA extraction experiment
  • Tour Arizona State’s Biodesign Institute
  • Visit a farm that uses biotechnology

Learn more and see the agenda here. Related information: facebook.com/biotechuniversity and twitter.com/biotech_u
Students interested in the travel/registration/meal support to attend the workshop should write a letter stating their interest and submit a resume to the attention of Elaine Bristol, Michigan Ag Council Program Coordinator, P.O. Box 30960 Lansing, MI. 48909-8460.  Emailing this information to elaine@miagcouncil.org is also acceptable.
The deadline is Sept. 9.

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