Environmental Journalism Grant Opportunity!

The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism has announced an exciting opportunity for Michigan high school students. In order to encourage collaboration between journalism and environmental science classes, they are inviting teachers to submit proposals for class projects in which journalism students will report about field research conducted by themselves or separately by environmental science students.

The principal goals are to:

  • help young prospective journalists better understand and explain to the public how science is done.
  • help environmental science students learn to use the media to explain their work to the public.
  • promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning, environmental awareness and communication skills among high school students.

The Knight Center, a program through Michigan State University, intends to award 1-year grants of $2,000 each to up to 3 high schools: $1,000 to the journalism program and $1,000 to the environmental science program for equipment, software or scholarships. There is a possibility of renewal for 1 or 2 more years. In addition, the Knight Center will pair each school with a professional journalist to mentor participating students and teachers.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2015. Awards will be announced by January 15, 2016. Projects should begin in February 2016 and be completed with a final report by the end of December 2016.

Application Details:

  • Your proposal must include a project description (750 words max.); the names and contact information for a partnering journalism teacher and an environmental science teacher from the same high school; grade levels of participating classes; and the estimated number of students in the participating classes.
  • Your projects must generate student-produced news or feature stories with visuals (photos and/or graphics) for print, online, audio, and/or video that your school will disseminate on its own website and through other means, such as student newspapers and broadcast stations. The Knight Center will also disseminate these stories to the public through their website. Some student stories and visual material may be posted on Great Lakes Echo (www.greatlakesecho.org), the center’s award-winning online regional environmental news service.
  • Grantees must comply with MSU financial reporting procedures.

Please include this information at the top of your project narrative:

  • School name and address
  • Name of journalism teacher & contact information
  • Name of environmental science teacher & contact information
  • Title(s) and grade level(s) of participating journalism class(es), plus number of students
  • Title(s) and grade level(s) of participating environmental science class(es), plus number of students
  • Types of student media at your high school

If you have any questions, you can email Eric Freedman, Knight Center Director at freedma5@msu.edu.

Email your proposal to Barb Miller, Knight Center Administrative Assistant at mill3384@msu.edu.


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