Category Archives: Students

 
Journalism and non-journalism students at Michigan State University explore how to better report environmental issues to the public at the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.
 

Environmental journalism courses can help students meet the School of Journalism’s elective requirements. They can also be used as part of an environmental theme to complete the school’s concentration requirement by combining them with environment-related courses outside the journalism program. See your academic adviser or contact the Knight Center.
 
Non-journalism students interested in environmental issues are encouraged to contact instructors to discuss waiver of pre-requisites. Often a journalism environmental course may meet communication course requirements of other departments.
 

 
Undergraduates are also encouraged to join the student Environmental Journalism Association and write for Great Lakes Echo to gain resume-building experience and clips.
 
Undergraduate students are eligible for several awards and scholarships in environmental journalism.
 
They are encouraged to augment their study with environment classes and programs elsewhere at MSU such as the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment.
 
 

Knight Center goes to the Society of Environmental Journalists conference

Andrew Blok, Dave Poulson, Brian Bienkowski and Andy McGlashen

Knight Center director Eric Freedman and senior associate director Dave Poulson represented MSU at the recent annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists in Fort Collins, Colorado. At the conference Poulson finished his second three-year term as the academic representative on the SEJ’s board of directors.

 

The MSU team included, in alphabetical order:

  • Alaska fisheries and environmental reporter Margie Bauman, a Journalism School alum who visits the Knight Center each fall to speak to our classes and network with our EJ students.
  • Environmental Health News senior editor Brian Bienkowski, a Knight Center master’s alum.
  • Detroit Public TV news director Natasha Blakely, a former Great Lakes Echo staff writer,
  • EJ master’s student Andrew Blok, a staff writer for Great Lakes Echo.
  • Audubon magazine associate editor Andy McGlashen, a Knight Center master’s alum.

Margie Bauman and Natasha Blakely

The SEJ conference, “Headwaters to the Plains: Where Rivers, and Politics, Change Directions,” took place October 9-13 at Colorado State University.

Knight Center, students provide real news now

Members of Capital News Service picked up this story through a network of relationships established by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. Image: Barbara Miller

By David Poulson

The journey of a recent story with roots in Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism shows how journalism schools play important news roles.

Nowadays. students, alumni and university-based news networks aren’t only about education. They play a direct role in the rise of public service, nonprofit news reporting.  There are stories — like the one I’m about to tell you — that wouldn’t be reported or have the same impact without these university connections. Continue reading

“Sh*t” film wins an Emmy Award

Troy Hale Director/Executive Producer, Zoe Kissel Producer/Editor, and Geri Alumit Zeldes Producer.

The Documentary film “Sh*t Saves the World” won an Emmy award June 15th for it’s film trailer. Director Troy Hale, Producer/Editor Zoe Kissel, and Producer Geri Alumit Zeldes attended the award ceremony in Detroit.  It was the first time in memory that the word “sh*t” was used on the Emmy stage.  The attending audience got a real kick out of it.

The Knight Center for environmental Journalism supplied a starter grant for this project to get off the ground.

You can view the award winning trailer here:

https://vimeo.com/331732284

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Outdoor writers award scholarships to MSU J-School students

Two Knight Center for Environmental Journalism students have won 2019 Toyota Let’s Go Places Scholarships from the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association.

Angela Mulka and Andrew Blok recently each received a $1,200 scholarship and a two-year, non-voting membership in the organization. The group is comprised of outdoor writers, hunters, fishers, hikers and recreational boaters.

Angela Mulka

Both Michigan State University students are reporters for the Knight Center’s environmental news service, Great Lakes Echo.

Mulka has a summer communications internship with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. She plans to apply the scholarship to college expenses as she enters her senior year pursuing a degree in journalism.

Andrew Blok

Blok, a masters student in journalism specializing in the environment, has a summer internship with Environmental Health News. He plans to use the award to buy microphones and a camera to diversify into audio and visual reporting.