Covering Environment and Science at a Small Daily Newspaper

Open Access
Stanko, Natalya
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • James Ford Risley, Thesis Supervisor
  • Robert Dwayne Richards, Honors Advisor
  • journalism
  • environment
  • science
  • newspaper
For this experiential project, I wrote environmental and science articles for the Centre Daily Times, a daily newspaper in Centre County, Pennsylvania. I reported a mixture of news, trend, feature, and profile stories. I covered the harvest of a community garden’s first season; the rise of bed bug populations; the discovery of time-telling neurons; and other stories. This thesis contains the eight published articles and my reflections on the process of reporting each of the stories. I also define environmental and science reporting, briefly chronicle its history, and comment on the ethics of environmental journalism.