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Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Poulson" <poulson@msu.edu>
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Sorry if this is old news. Just was notified that similar message sent three
days ago bounced because of length. This is a shortened version. Dave


Wiki revolution reaches Great Lakes, MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. - In a revolutionary attempt to encourage grassroots
journalism, Michigan State University students have launched a project that
helps citizens, scientists, industry leaders, students, policy makers and
others report on the Great Lakes story. 

The Web site (www.greatlakeswiki.org) lets those who know the lakes best
report on their ecology, pollution, commerce, culture, policy, recreation,
music and more. Using the same technology as that of the popular online
encyclopedia Wikipedia, they can report on issues in a way that integrates
them with each other - much like what happens in the real world.  

Students designed the project and gathered interviews, information, videos
and images to provide a template. It is one of 10 citizen journalism
projects nationwide to receive start-up funding last year from J-Lab: The
Institute for Interactive Journalism (www.j-lab.org). 

Anyone can easily post headlines linked to stories they've written or to
other user-created content - images, videos, audio clips, charts, other
stories. The site at www.greatlakeswiki.org provides help files to get users
started. 

The project is well-suited for citizens hoping to draw attention to
particular lakes, streams and other natural resources within the region. MSU
plans workshops to help groups use the technology for creative
story-telling. Groups or individuals interested in attending, hosting or
organizing such workshops should contact Cliff Lampe at lampecli@msu.edu. 

Press Contact: Dave Poulson, Associate Director, Knight Center for
Environmental Journalism, 517-432-5417, poulson@msu.edu 

Press Contact: Cliff Lampe, Assistant Professor, Department of
Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, 517-432-1334,
lampecli@msu.edu 

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