David Poulson is the associate director of Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental journalism where he teaches environmental, investigative, computer-assisted and public affairs reporting to graduate and undergraduate students and organizes workshops for professional journalists. He is also the founder and editor of Great Lakes Echo, a non-profit environmental news service now serving 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.
Environmental Reporting Investigative Reporting Capital News Service Public Affairs Reporting
Key Research Interest
Non-traditional methods of gathering and delivering news, reader engagement, climate change communications, non-profit journalism.
Created and manage a non-profit environmental news service also used as a research test-bed at http://GreatLakesEcho.org.
Project Title & Source
Climate Change Communications, NSF Reporting on the Nearshore Ecosystem, EPA
What are three things you want your students to know about you?
I’m a third generation Spartan, like to camp and raise African cichlids.
It’s not our job to make up anyone’s mind. It’s our job to make the pain of decision-making so intense that the only escape is by thinking.
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Teacher, writer, experimenter, science advocate.