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25 Journalists Receive Fellowships to Study EnvironmentalJournalism at Michigan State University


	Twenty-five journalists from the United States and Canada have been
awarded fellowships to attend the third Great Lakes Environmental
Journalism Training Institute that will be held June 2 to 6, 1998 at
Michigan State University.
	The journalists selected will receive free tuition, supplies, meals
and lodging to attend the institute, which is organized by the
Environmental Journalism Program in MSU's School of Journalism.
	"We are very pleased with the quality and diversity of the
journalists who won fellowships this year," said Jim Detjen, Knight Chair
in Journalism and Director of MSU's Environmental Journalism Program.
"Accepted into the 1998 institute are journalists from all eight of the
Great Lakes states and Ontario. The fellowship winners have a wide range of
backgrounds and interests."
	Eleven women and 14 men were awarded fellowships. The journalists
work for newspapers, newsletters, magazines, radio and television stations
and four of the journalists are freelance writers. The journalists live in
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.
	The institute is funded by grants from the George Gund, Dart and
John S. and James L. Knight foundations; the National Institute for
Environmental Health Sciences; the MSU Institute for Environmental
Toxicology and the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
	Accepted as fellows in the 1998 institute are: Isabel Abrams,
freelance science, health and environmental writer, Wilmette, IL; Jody
Becker, reporter, WBEZ-FM radio, Chicago, IL; Steve Begnoche, columnist,
Ludington Daily News, Ludington, MI; Ron Bernthal, environmental writer,
Times Herald Record, Middletown, N.Y. Christie Bleck, editor, Tracks
Magazine, Lansing, MI; Norman C. Erickson, environmental writer, Rochester
Post-Bulletin  in Rochester, MN; Wayne Falda, environmental and agriculture
writer, South Bend Tribune, South Bend, IN; and Paul Gross, weather,
science and environmental writer, WDIV-TV, Detroit, MI.
	Also selected are:  Laurie Harvey, environmental writer, The Times,
Valparaiso, IN; Stephanie Hemphill, News Director, KUMD-FM, Duluth, MN;
Mary K. Hoff, freelance science and environmental writer, Stillwater, MN;
Martin R. Indars, governmental reporter, Daily Local News, West Chester,
Pa; Jill E. Jentes, Editor of Twine Line, a newsletter covering Great lakes
issues, Put-in-Bay, Ohio; Dennis Knickerbocker, editor, Michigan
Out-of-Doors Magazine, Lansing, MI; Bill Krasean, health, science and
environmental reporter, Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI;  Brian Lavendel,
freelance environmental writer, Madison, WI. and Stephen Leahy, freelance
environmental and outdoors writer, Brooklin, Ontario, Canada.
	Other fellows include: Kate Milberry, editor, ROOM Magazine,
Windsor, Ontario; Martin Mittelstaedt, reporter, The Globe and Mail,
Toronto, Ontario; Erik N. Nelson, environmental columnist, Long Island
Voice, Miller Place, N.Y.; Joel Patenaude, environmental writer, The
Beacon-News, Aurora, IL; Xochitl Pena, reporter, Battle Creek Enquirer,
Battle Creek, MI; Carrie J. Spencer, health, science and environmental
writer, The Saginaw News, Saginaw, MI; Steve Tomasko, science and
environmental writer, The Daily Press in Ashland, WI; and Gloria R. Wright,
environmental writer, Buckeye Lake Beacon in Buckeye Lake, Ohio.
	Among the topics that will be covered at the institute are air and
water pollution, environmental risk, wildlife and biodiversity issues,
climate change, nuclear energy, sustainability and other issues. The
journalists will also receive training in environmental journalism
techniques and computer-assisted reporting. The journalists will also visit
the Kellogg Biological Station in HickoryCorners, MI and tour Lake Michigan
on the Research Vessel Shenehon, which is operated by the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
	The institute is being organized by Detjen; Joseph Harry, a
doctoral student at Michigan State university and Barb Miller, an assistant
to Detjen.

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	For more information, contact either Jim Detjen at 517-353-9479,
Barb Miller at 517-432-1415 or Joe Harry at 517-353-5425,

Jim Detjen
Knight Chair in Journalism
Director, Environmental Journalism Program
MSU School of Journalism
341 Communication Arts
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Phone (517) 353-9479
Fax (517) 355-7710