Have your beliefs about news changed? What is the future of news?

Four months ago, we ask students in our environmental and public health journalism course at the University of Michigan to write ten, one-sentence statements about news that began with the words “I believe.” After practicing reporting and journalistic writing, critiquing news stories, experimenting with various digital forms of communication and working in teams to develop […]

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Politics, Environment, and How to Effectively Report on The Two

This week we were assigned readings that discussed environmental politics, which can often be a topic that is met with opposing opinions and often much confusion from the public. The New York Times recently published an article “Obama Tells Donors of Tough Politics of Environment” written by Michael Shear. President Obama states, “If we’re going […]

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Changing Role of Campaign Contributions in Environmental Policy

As many of you have probably heard, at the beginning of the month the Supreme Court ruled to lower limits on aggregate campaign donations in McCutcheon v. FEC. To give you an idea of what this means you can take a look here. Many environmental activists are concerned that the ruling will mean greater influence of money over […]

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Catherine Badgley on Our Food Sytem

  I decided this semester to write a profile about a former professor of mine, and a very respected researcher in her field. The profile wound up being about the research that interests her and the food system. It was an amazing experience firstly, because I learnt about some key interviewing skills, but also because I […]

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David Clipner, the Nature Cure

Tucked right next to Black Pond Woods, perched atop a small hill on Ann Arbor’s north side, you can find the Leslie Science Center. Large gardens surround century old buildings. Soft grass covers the hillside. Birds chirp. Kids play. It seems as if everything is blissfully humming along to the beat of nature itself. David […]

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One Eye on the Prize, The Other at Home

Dressed in a teal, sterile surgeon uniform, Dr. Thiran Jayasundera holds micro scissors with latex gloves. Sitting, he leans in to stare through a microscope-like lenses aimed straight down over a patient’s eye. Back aches. Bright lights. At any moment in the four-hour surgery, one accidental twitch of his hand could make him brush one […]

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Improving Working Environments One Statistic At A Time

In the early 1970’s, Dr. Janet Malley had just graduated from Boston University with a degree in government, and her first job was brewing coffee. Malley remembers her boss demanding that she make coffee daily after his morning tennis match. “He wanted his coffee when he came to the office, and I wasn’t particularly interested […]

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The Bee Keeper

While honeybee colonies all over the United States hibernate for the winter, former professional golfer and current student Parker Anderson, 32, is leading a meeting of UMBees, the University of Michigan’s student beekeeping club. While the tone of the meeting is light – buzzing from marketing to financing from the sale of scented lip balms […]

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Reviewing the Quality of Medical Journalism: Hype vs Accurate Reporting

In your own writing, you should think about the goals you are trying to accomplish.One way to start doing that, is by evaluating another author’s work, like we have done with our peer edits. This article gives a “score” to an article written on the New York Times. What score would you give the NY […]

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Preferring the Miracle Cure to Plain Alternatives

In my statistics class, we recently discussed how there is a bias in terms of what studies and articles are published. Studies that have statistically significant results that go against the status quo are more likely to be published. People want to hear about new findings, rather than stories confirming what have already been proved […]

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Timeframe and its Effect on Journalism

In the Circle of Blue article written by past Enviro 320 grad, Aubrey Parker, she addresses some very interesting quotes from opinion writer John Lloyd on the future state of journalism. According to Lloyd, journalism often focuses too much on, “what is happening now, and not the future” meaning that long-term stories that have a significant […]

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Trends Shaping Digital News

Here is an article from the Pew Research Center’s website outlining some interesting trends in how people use digital news sources: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/10/16/12-trends-shaping-digital-news/#comments The Pew Research Center is described on its wikipedia page as, “an American think tank based in Washington, D.C., that provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States […]

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Teacher’s Choice: Automobiles.

http://www.cjr.org/cover_story/the_love_affair_is_over.php?page=1 This article discusses the shift currently happening in the US from driving to other forms of transportation. I find this shift very interesting because to my knowledge I hadn’t noticed a difference in my day to day activities, and I also am curious what motives are the most prevalent in people who opt out […]

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