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Great Lakes Echo
Sharp science news with a sense of humor
EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN — Residents of the Great Lakes region have one publication to thank for their understanding of the menace that is the zebra mussel, clogger of power plant intake pipes. That publication is the Great Lakes Echo.
A project of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, the Echo aims to build environmental awareness of the Great Lakes region. Founded in 2008, the site’s staff primarily consists of four to five graduate assistants who work twenty hours a week, producing an impressive amount of content. Led by editor David Poulson, also associate director of the Knight Center, the team also includes five freelancers who file monthly columns. Beyond paid staff and freelancers, a third tier of the Echo’s content comes from undergraduate and graduate students in MSU’s environmental reporting courses. When a student produces quality work, they are given the opportunity to publish their article in the Echo. This serves as an incentive for students as well as an opportunity for the Echo to get fresh reporting and perspectives.
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Principal Staff: David Poulson, editor.
Affiliations: Capital News Service; Park Foundation; Great Lakes Fishery Trust; Michigan State University; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; circulation by Creative Commons license.
CMS: Wordpress
CJR on the Great Lakes Echo:
11/16/10: Echoes of Grit and Humor - Great Lakes news startup brings on an inspiring new voice - Curtis Brainard
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