Knight Center graduate Carol Thompson is among 13 journalists named to the inaugural class of the National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships.
Thompson, who graduated from the Michigan State University School of Journalism in 2012, developed her interest in environment reporting while reporting for the Knight Center’s Great Lakes Echo environmental news service.
“I still read it,” said Thompson, now a reporter at the Lansing (Michigan) State Journal.
Journalists selected for the award participate in workshops, a reporting bootcamp at the University of Missouri, multi-day field trips and webinars. They will attend national professional conferences for journalists reporting on health care, environment and science.
The Knight Center’s Great Lakes Echo has joined a nationwide collaborative to provide better and more local reporting of climate change.
The Local Media Association selected the 12-year-old regional news service as one of 22 leading outlets in the Covering Climate Collaborative. Continue reading
Then Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley, left, and David Poulson, in 1982. Image: Jerry Morton
By DAVID POULSON
LANSING — Almost 39 years ago, Attorney General Frank Kelley visited my journalism class at Michigan State University to explain government access laws.
Kelley often dropped by news organizations to give tutorials on the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information acts. Such visits garnered the favorable local news coverage he coveted.
Me? I wasn’t looking for a softball story when he extended his visits to students. I planned to use my rare shot at meeting a high state official to hit him hard about something big and controversial.