To encourage collaboration between high school journalism and environmental science classes, we invite teachers to submit proposals for innovative class projects in which journalism students will report about field research by environmental science students. Our principal goals are:
- to help young prospective journalists better understand and explain to the public how science is done
- to help environmental science students learn to use the media to explain their work to the public.
- To promote environmental and science journalism.
The Knight Center intends to award 1-year grants of $2,000 to up to 3 high schools: $1,000 to the journalism program and $1,000 to the environmental science program for equipment, software or scholarships. In addition, the Knight Center will pair each school with a professional journalist to serve as a mentor to participating students and teachers.
Here are the details:
- Your proposal must include a project description (750 words maximum), the names and contact information for a partnering journalism and environmental science teacher from the same high school; grade levels of participating classes; and the estimated number of students in the participating classes. A proposal form is attached.
- Your projects must generate student-produced news or feature stories with visuals (photos and/or graphics) for print, online, audio and/or video that your school will disseminate. The Knight Center will also disseminate these stories to the public through our website, and some stories may be posted on Great Lakes Echo (greatlakesecho.org), the center’s award-winning online regional environmental news service.
- Grantees must comply with MSU financial reporting procedures.
- Grantees (students, teachers and professional mentors) will be invited to a one-day workshop at MSU in Fall 2020.
- Application deadline: March 15, 2020. Awards will be announced by March 20, 2020. Projects should begin in March 2020 and be completed with a final report by the end of December 2020.
- Read about the successful 2017-2018 grantees at https://knightcenter.jrn.msu.edu/2018/01/16/three-high-schools-win-journalism-environmental-science-grants-from-the-knight-center-2/
Send along a Grant Application Cover Sheet with the following information:
- School name and address
- Participating journalism teacher (name, email, phone)
- Participating environmental science teacher (name, email, phone)
- Project description (750 words maximum): What do you intend to do (scientific research
and journalistic coverage) and how? What are your goals for the project? How will you
- Titles and grade levels of participating classes:
- Environmental science
- Name, title, email and phone of administrator authorizing submission of the proposal:
Submit by March 15, 2020 to Barb Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions, email Eric Freedman at email@example.com