J500 Media and the Environment


Week 2


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WEEK 2 (1/26-2/01):

  • 1/26/10 CLASS LECTURE: THE CONTINUUM OF GREEN: Overview of course, current and historical media environment, and shifting paradigm of environmental issues. Explanation of final project with DCFPC member Barbara Clark, a shepherdess with Maggie’s Farm. Blog primer with virtual lecturer Jeff Mcintire-Strasberg at 5 p.m.

Complete these readings/viewings before Week 3 class on 2/2
The Nuts and Bolts of Environmental Reporting

1) How Scientists Can Work Effectively with Media, Union of Concerned Scientists (Listen to the audio and look at the PowerPoint.)
2) Pseudo-Science Debunked, Utne
3) Explanation of Peer Reviewed Materials, Andrew Dessler
4) Scientific Integrity, Union of Concerned Scientists
5) The Multiple Meanings of Public Understanding, Matthew Nisbet:
6) What Does It Mean to be Scientifically Literate in the 21st Century? Seed Magazine
7) Digital Storytelling, Sreenath Sreenivasan
8 ) Photo ethics, Sreenath Sreenivasan
9) Advice for Beginning Science Writers
10) The Beat’s Basics (read all stories)
11) “The Field Trip Within,” Peter Trenouth, The National Writing Project
12) “Computing the Cost,” Arnie Cooper
13) Twinkie Deconstructed (read all press)
14) Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, Woody Tasch, pp. 8-29

  • Write a post for the class blog by 5 p.m. on Friday 1/29/10. You may use this optional blog prompt or write about relevant readings/current events: Twinkie Deconstructed illustrates how closely the basic ingredients in processed foods resemble industrial materials. How would a greater understanding of science affect our relationship to food? Is ignorance bliss? Why or why not? Please put your name at the end of your posts and comments. Post under “Week 2” and in the appropriate category. Contact Lauren Keith if you have any problems.
  • Respond to a colleague’s post and a comment to your post. Blog post responses and comments due by Sunday 1/31/10 at 5 p.m.
  • Attend the DCFPC meeting Monday 2/01/10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the fire station on 19th and Iowa streets. Enter on 19th Street, just east of Iowa.
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