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Steve Curwood of NPR to speak at Michigan State in June
- Subject: Steve Curwood of NPR to speak at Michigan State in June
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- Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 08:36:08 -0500
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Steve Curwood of National Public Radio's "Living on Earth" to Speak
at 1999 Great Lakes' Environmental Journalism Training Institute at MSU
Steve Curwood, the host of National Public Radio's "Living on
Earth," will give the keynote address at the fourth Great Lakes
Environmental Journalism Training Institute that will be held June 1 to 5,
1999 at Michigan State University.
Curwood is one of more than 20 top journalists and environmental
experts who will speak to the 25 journalists selected to attend the 4
1/2-day institute that will be held at the Kellogg Conference Center at
Among the other top journalists scheduled to speak the 1999
institute are Mike Mansur, a Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental reporter
at The Kansas City Star and the president of the Society of Environmental
Journalists; Keith Schneider, former national environmental writer for The
New York Times; Bud Ward, editor of Environment Writer and the executive
director of the Environmental Health Center in Washington, D.C.; David
Hammond, managing editor of the Great Lakes Radio Consortium; and Jim
Detjen, director of MSU's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.
Other confirmed speakers include Mike Donahue, executive director
of the Great Lakes Commission; Tom Baldini, chairman of the U.S. Section of
the International Joint Commission; James Teeri, director of the University
of Michigan's Global Climate Change Project; and Renata Claudi, an expert
on zebra mussels and other exotic species for Ontario Hydro.
Journalists from the eight Great Lakes states (New York,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota)
and the Canadian province of Ontario are invited to apply. Journalists
interested in attending should fill out an application form and submit it
along with a resume, a one-page letter of interest and a nomination form
from one of their superiors. Applications must be postmarked by Monday,
March 15 to be eligible for consideration. No more than 25 journalists will
The program is open to full-time journalists working in the print
and broadcast media. A special effort will be made to help identify and
train promising journalists with little formal background in environmental
journalism but those at all levels are invited to apply.
Print and broadcast journalists attending the institute will
participate in hands-on computer-assisted reporting training sessions,
visit an ecological research vessel on Lake Michigan and see how endangered
trumpeter swans are being re-introduced into the Great Lakes' region.
The cost of this week-long institute is $75. Grants from the
Knight, Gund and Gerstacker Foundations will pay for the cost of lodging,
meals, tuition, reading materials, computer training and other institute
expenses. Journalists or their employers must pay for their own travel
expenses to East Lansing.
The institute is being organized by MSU's Knight Center for
Environmental Journalism in conjunction with the MSU Institute for
Environmental Toxicology and the U.S. Society of Environmental Journalists.
Journalists who have attended the three previous institutes have
given the workshops high marks. "I rate this program as among the highest
quality and most substantial of any I've attended in 13 years as a
professional journalist," said John Myers, a reporter at The Duluth (Minn.)
News-Tribune. And Myfanwy Davies, a journalist with the Canadian
Broadcasting Corp., said, "This was a superb institute -- the best I've
Curwood will give the keynote address at the institute the evening
of Tuesday, June 1 at the Kellogg Center. Curwood is the executive producer
and host of "Living on Earth," a weekly program on environmental topics
that is aired on more than 240 National Public Radio affiliates in the
Curwood's relationship with National Public Radio goes back to 1979
when he began as a reporter and host of "Weekend All Things Considered." He
created the first pilot of "Living on Earth" in the spring of 1990 and the
show has run continuously since April 1991.
Under Curwood's leadership, "Living on Earth" has won many national
awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television
News Directors Association, the Science Journalism Award from the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Festivals Award, a
CINDY Award and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters Community
He is the recipient of a 1992 New England Environmental Leadership
Award for his work in promoting environmental awareness. He is also the
president of World Media Foundation, Inc. and the host of NPR's "World of
Curwood has also worked for WBUR-FM and WGBH-TV in Boston, the Bay
Street Banner and as a contributing editor at Black Enterprise Magazine and
the Boston Phoenix. He also worked at The Boston Globe and in 1975 shared
the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of The Globe's education team.
He has an A.B. degree from Harvard University with an honors
concentration in problems of developing societies.
The 1999 institute is being organized by Detjen; Barb Miller, an
assistant to Detjen; and Ike Iyioke and David Fleet, master's degree
students in MSU's environmental journalism program.
An application form for the institute can be obtained by calling
Miller at 517-432-1415 or via e-mail at Mille384@pilot.msu.edu. Additional
information about the institute and MSU's Environmental Journalism Program
can be obtained at the program's web site at