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Eric Freedman is the director of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

Freedman named to Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame

Eric Freedman

As a legislative aide to a New York congressman nearly 50 years ago, Eric Freedman quickly realized that journalists had more fun than any group of people with whom he interacted.

So the newly minted law school graduate became a reporter instead of pursuing a legal or political career.

Was it the right move?

“Oh, absolutely,” said Freedman, 74, who on Friday was named one of six journalists to be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2024.  “I applied for legal jobs and newspaper jobs. Fortunately, I got the newspaper job first and I haven’t looked back.”

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Knight Center and Metcalf Institute Foster Inclusive Science Communication with Second SciComm Identities Project Cohort

The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and the Metcalf Institute recently welcomed the second cohort of fellows for the SciComm Identities Project (SCIP). The initiative, aimed at transforming science communication training in the United States, held a week-long workshop at the University of Rhode Island (URI) main campus in South Kingstown from January 15 to 19.

The workshop brought together 14 fellows from diverse backgrounds, marking the commencement of a shared journey in science communication. The workshop focused on cultivating inclusive communication techniques and honing skills in public engagement. Throughout the week, fellows immersed themselves in the fundamental aspects of storytelling, exploring characters and narrative structures. Additionally, practical podcast planning sessions provided hands-on experience to further enrich their communication toolbox. Continue reading

Knight Center Documentary Grant competition for 2024

The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism will award up to 3 grants of $3,500 each to support the making of environment-related documentaries (video, audio or other digital media) by MSU faculty-student teams.

Here are the essentials

Deadline for submission: February 16, 2024, at 5 p.m.
Decisions to be announced approximately March 8, 2024.
Open to faculty and students from all departments at MSU.
Maximum award: $3,500 for 1 year.

These must be documentaries, not public service announcements or advocacy pieces.
The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism must be credited for underwriting the project.
The Knight Center will be entitled to use your documentary, including linking on our website and presentation in classes, workshops and other activities.
Allowable expenses include travel, essential equipment, supplies, pay for students and festival & competition entry fees. All expenditures must comply with MSU procedures and rules. Any equipment purchased remains the property of MSU. Grant funds must be expended with one year from the date of approval by MSU Contracts and Grants.

What to Submit:

  • Working title
    • Medium: video, audio or other digital media
    • Project summary (200 words maximum): What compelling story will you tell?
    • Estimated timeline (Be realistic)
    • Most likely audiences: Whom do you expect to watch or listen to it?
    • For video & audio documentaries, what length do you expect the final version to be?
    • Distribution plans: How will you disseminate your product?
    • Budget plan: How do you plan to spend the money?
    • Team members:
    • Faculty: name, rank and department or school and project role, with abbreviated CV
    • Students: name, year, major and project role, with resume
    • Potential problems and obstacles
    • Links to any relevant projects by team members or bring a CD to the Knight Center office at 382 Com Arts Building by the deadline

Email questions to Eric Freedman, Director,
Email submissions to Barbara Miller,

Knight Center director speaks on newsies and music

Professor Eric Freedman

Professor Eric Freedman

Professor Joshua Duchan

Professor Joshua Duchan

Knight Center director Eric Freedman and Professor Joshua Duchan of the Wayne State University School of Music presented their study about the depiction of newsboys and newsgirls in sheet music between the mid-1840s and the late 1930s.

This presentation was part of the “Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lves” series sponsored by the MSU School of Human Resources & Labor Relations and the MSU Library.

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