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Contact: David Poulson                                  8/9/07
               poulson@msu.edu
               517 432 5417

MSU's Great Lakes Wiki receives national recognition

    A Michigan State University experiment in environmental reporting is
among the projects recognized by a national competition for cutting edge
journalism.
   Judges of the Knight-Batten Awards recognized MSU's Great Lakes Wiki "for
collecting information as broad and deep as the Great Lakes it covers."
    The contest spotlights the creative use of new information ideas and
technologies that involve citizens in public issues. Only 10 of the 133
entries were honored.
    The site at GreatLakesWiki.org is among four projects that judges cited
in a new honorable mention category. They said the project "has the
categories, content and organization that made this wiki the best of those
entered." 
      Creators of each project will present them Sept. 17 at a symposium,
"Creativity Unleashed," at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
    The Great Lakes Wiki is a collaboration within MSU's College of
Communication Arts and Sciences. It was created in a citizen journalism
class taught by David Poulson, associate director of the Knight Center for
Environmental Journalism, and Cliff Lampe, an assistant professor in the
Department of Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media.
    The site helps citizens, students, policymakers, scientists, artists,
business operators and others collaboratively publish news and information
about the ecology, culture, economy, recreation and other aspects of a
region with nearly 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water.
    "Its strength is that it allows readers to come at environmental
information from diverse points of view," Poulson said. 
     Those who appreciate art may learn about climate change from watching
interviews with artists involved in Chicago's Cool Globes public art
project. See: http://www.greatlakeswiki.org/index.php/Cool_Globe
   Music lovers may learn about invasive species while listening to, "I've
got the round goby blues," written and sung by the scientist who discovered
that this voracious fish entered the Great Lakes. See:
http://www.greatlakeswiki.org/index.php/Professor_singing_the_blues_about_in
vasive_species
    The site is a great place for students to publish experimental forms of
journalism, Poulson said.  One group reported an MSU environmental
conference as video clips of the speakers who appear to answer questions
selected by viewers. See:
http://www.greatlakeswiki.org/index.php/Great_Lakes_Climate_Change_Video_Sit
e

  More information about the Knight-Batten Awards is at
http://www.j-lab.org/ba07release_8-8.shtml

Dave Poulson
Associate Director
Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Michigan State University 



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