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value-addedCapital News Service
Experience is the key word in journalism, and MSU's Capital News Service is one of the best places to get it. What began as an experimental program in the MSU School of Journalism has evolved into one of the school's most innovative and challenging programs, providing both invaluable experiences for students and a unique service to Michigan's newspapers. CNS was launched in the fall of 1981 under the supervision of Dick Milliman, president of the Milliman Newspaper Group. CNS bears the mark of his interest in state government and politics. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and MSU faculty member Eric Freedman is the CNS Bureau chief.

CNS reporters cover state government issues and personalities. Covering stories of meaning to their member papers, they come in contact with the important newsmakers of the day, from the Supreme Court justices and the governor to members of the Legislature and the people who run the state government departments, to lobbyists and public-interest organizations. Then they also talk with "real people" the individual citizens and businesses in communities to get their reactions to what's happening in Lansing.

Press, the Grand Rapids Press, the Holland Sentinel, the Petoskey News-Review, the Topeka bureau chief of Wichita Eagle-Beacon. One graduate became the bureau chief of the Rapid City Journal's state Capitol bureau and another went to The Associated Press Washington Bureau. Other CNS graduates work in varied jobs. Two served as assistant press secretaries for the governor. Another works in Dow Chemical's corporate communications division. Others have worked for General Dynamics in California, for the Michigan State Employees Association, the Michigan Democratic Party and the Republican State House Press Office. former CNS correspondents also have won numerous awards for their later work including in one case the Pulitzer Prize.

Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Housed in the J-School, the Knight Center was founded in 1994 when the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation created the nation's first endowed chair in environmental journalism. The Center trains student and professional journalists to cover the environment. The Center offers numerous courses and professional workshops for the study and practice of environmental journalism. Faculty conducts research and attracts environmental experts and journalists from around the world as guest lecturers.

In addition to academics, environmental journalism students can gain practical experience by writing for EJ Magazine the center's award-winning publication.

Students are also encouraged to join the Environmental Journalism Association, which provides opportunities to build professional experiences and network with reporters.

The Knight Center also maintains the Meeman Archives, a collection of more than 1,500 outstanding environmental journalism articles from the past 20 years.

Victims and the Media
The Victims and the Media Program was established in 1991 to assist journalism students in reporting on victims of violence and catastrophe with the sensitivity, dignity and respect that they deserve. MSU's J-School remains the only School of Journalism in the United States that guarantees all of its graduates receive specialized instruction in reporting on victims of violence and catastrophe. Journalism specialist Bonnie Bucqueroux is the Program's coordinator.

Members of the Victims and the Media Program also work with professional journalists around the country.

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