The Knight Center’s Great Lakes Echo has joined a nationwide collaborative to provide better and more local reporting of climate change.
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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.
Scientists at a Knight Center workshop in Rwanda learn to communicate their research. Image: David Poulson
By David Poulson
Ever wish the public better understood the science and research you produce?
Both are far too important to confine to researchers and academics. Building a public constituency for them is key to making good decisions and policy. It is also important for advancing your career.
MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism offers a free online workshop this summer to teach MSU students and faculty to engage public audiences with science and other research.
By David Poulson
The guard burst from the presidential gatehouse with his gun drawn.
“Stop that,” he yelled as he pointed his weapon at me.
Stunned, I slowly lowered my phone to the ground. I was dressed for an early morning run in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi in Africa. As I often do when working out-of-town, I had combined my morning run with a little sightseeing.