Topic of the Week: “Not In My Backyard” The Complexities of Modern Oil Drilling

As the United States pushes towards a future of energy independence, there has been a dramatic increase in the last few years of national oil and gas exploration and production. Drilling efforts are expanding across states and municipalities, and often oil and gas companies are met by fierce resistance from local communities opposed to exploration […]

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The Benefits of Offshore Oil Drilling (?)

The topic that our next class will approach is oil drilling and the effects it has on our environment and biodiversity. Typically, most people would agree that too much oil drilling would be devastating to the aquatic life and nearby waters due to oil spills killing off fish and basically causing the water to be […]

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Worth a Thousand Words: Visual Storytelling and the Future of News

Ever heard the saying, “A picture’s worth a thousand words”? This phrase has taken on a whole new meaning in terms of news stories with the ever-growing trend of visual storytelling. Due to its myriad of forms (encompassing everything from individual snapshots to infographics to video interviews) as an ever-evolving medium, the technological and communicational […]

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Faces of a Changing Planet (FCP)

Knight News Challenge Application Kate Laramie Michelina Risbeck Jayla Johnson Project Title: Faces of a Changing Planet (FCP) Requested Amount: $50,000 Expected Amount of time to Complete the Project: Approximately one year: six months of development and marketing time, followed by another six months of monitoring and potential adjustment to the app’s format, material presentation, […]

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Urban Art Tours of Detroit: A Smart Phone Application

Urban Art Tours of Detroit: A Smart Phone Application Nikki Horowitz Schuyler Hamill Xintong Zhu Requested Amount:  $5,500 Expected Amount of time to Complete Project: 4 Months Describe your Project: 500 words We would like to create a mobile urban art docent.  This will take form as an app for smart phones, which locates urban art […]

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Knights Challenge Idea: News Network

Sarah Clayton, Katie Shaw, Stephanie O’Neil, Alissa Cravens Knights Challenge Idea: News Network Requested Amount, Expected Amount of time to Complete Project. Describe your Project: 500 words, What unmet need does your product meet? 200 words  We propose a news app, hereby known as News Network, that integrates social media and regional location technologies to bring […]

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Point Blank: Load, Take Aim, Impact

Project Title: Point Blank: Load, Take Aim, Impact Requested Amount $50,000 Expected Amount of Time to Complete Project 8 months Describe your Project: Point Blank is a company designed to combat slacktivism. Through a website and mobile application, we will help our users be in the know about environment and public health issues, and provide […]

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Knight News Challenge: Cup of Tea

The Solutions Knight Challenge Application by: Brian, Caitlin, Kathryn, and Taylor Project Title: Cup of Tea Requested Amount: $50,000 Expected Amount of time to Complete Project: 14 months Project Description: Cup of Tea is an upcoming mobile app which aims to promote physical and emotional wellness amongst college students. Depression has started to become a […]

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Crying “Racism” on Ebola: A Look at the Nation Response to the Outbreak

Ebola is the hot topic of the month. The paranoia surrounding the outbreak has now led to a nation-wide sense of paranoia that is sure to find it’s way into history books soon enough! With the latest death toll nearing 4600, media sites and sources have rushed to present an accurate depiction of Ebola and […]

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Healthy News Coverage on the Spread of Infectious Diseases

This week Julie and Emilia have chosen a collection of news and resources that range from critiques of coverage of the Ebola virus, coverage of the 2001 Ebola outbreak in Africa, Americans’ reaction to the Ebola virus, methods in tracking and predicting trends in disease, HIV in Ann Arbor, to difficulty in defining pandemic. While looking through our […]

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UMich students reflect on newsrooms in transition

When the University of Michigan’s Environ 320 class visited the Detroit News and Channel 4 WDIV on Friday, the newsrooms were in transition. If you were on that field trip, what surprised you? What lessons did you draw? What will you remember most?

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Newsroom Reflection

Visiting The Detroit News and Channel 4 today was a really great experience, putting into perspective how these local organizations work, creating and sharing news constantly.  At The Detroit News, I found it interesting that many of the people in the news meeting were older.  I wonder if there are younger writers and reporters in the different sections […]

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Using Multimedia Journalism to Convey a Story about Modern Segregation

In today’s day and age it is often times easy to point fingers at social media and other multimedia news outlets, and accuse them for diminishing the traditional newsroom atmosphere. However, in the case of Seattle Time, ProPublica, NPR take home 2014 Online Journalism Awards recipient Nikole Hannah-Jones, multimedia journalism intimately bound with insightful journalism brings on, in […]

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