Eagles and beer were among the diverse topics recently discussed by Knight Center Associate Director David Poulson at a San Diego State University Center for Science and Media colloquium.
Poulson was invited to be part of the Center for Science and Media's 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series. His lecture, "Eagles and Beer: Explaining the Environment in a New Media Landscape," was April 17 and focused on news coverage of the environment and how new media technologies have affected this coverage.
During his presentation, he examined the opportunities and challenges of reporting on the environment with emerging new media tools. He discussed how those tools are redefining news communities, news stories and who gets to be a journalist.
"There is an exciting confluence of art, data, science, technology and journalism that is producing exceptional environmental reporting," Poulson said.
He cited examples as diverse as animated wind current maps displayed in near real-time, wave heights shifting across the Great Lakes during a three-day storm 100 years ago and videos of drought and of fire shot by a drone.
Finding common ground on the environment with diverse readers is a challenge, Poulson said. But he pointed to examples such as news stories about water-intensive craft beer brewing as a way of teaching readers useful concepts of perceiving the environment and of defining a news community.
New and emerging tools for explaining the world means that it is even more important to teach traditional values of fairness and accuracy to the increasing number of non-journalists who may use them, he said.
Poulson explained how such tools are used in the Knight Center's environmental reporting efforts at the center's 5-year-old news service, Great Lakes Echo. He also met with students and faculty studying media entrepreneurship at San Diego State University.
Founded in 1994, MSU's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism teaches students and professional journalists how to better report on the environment.
Poulson teaches environmental, investigative, computer-assisted and public affairs reporting to graduate and undergraduate students at the Knight Center. His research interests include non-traditional methods of gathering and delivering news, reader engagement, climate change communications, and nonprofit journalism.
Poulson also is the founder and editor of Great Lakes Echo, a nonprofit environmental news service that serves the Great Lakes region. Prior to arriving at MSU in 2003, he was a reporter and editor for 22 years, covering the environment for several news organizations.Share via these networks: