Covering Environment and Science at a Small Daily Newspaper
- Area of Honors:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Document Type:
- Thesis Supervisors:
- James Ford Risley, Thesis Supervisor
- Robert Dwayne Richards, Honors Advisor
- 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.