Talking Science, Telling Stories:
Natural Resource Journalism in the Great Lakes

March 2 & 3, 2015
Innovation Park at the University of Notre Dame

Karner Blue Butterfly. Photo courtesy University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative. 

Karner Blue Butterfly. Photo courtesy University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative. 

The Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources invites interested journalists to register for a workshop exploring the latest science in areas like invasive species detection, nutrient pollution of freshwater resources, and adaptive management strategies to help endangered species survive a changing climate in the Great Lakes basin and beyond.

Hosted by the University of Notre Dame's Environmental Change Initiative, the two-day workshop will feature a key component of IJNR programming - getting journalists out into the field.  Attendees will:

  • Hike around Indiana Dunes State Park, where efforts are under way to help the endangered Karner blue butterfly survive a changing climate.
  • Visit farms in the Mississippi watershed to talk with farmers and scientists about the latest developments in controlling nutrient pollution and runoff in both the Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
  • Tour Notre Dame's "Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility," an experimental wetland created to help bridge the gap between science in the lab and research in the field.
  • Discuss invasive species, such as Asian carp, and the eDNA technology used to test ecosystems for invasives.

The workshop will also explore the latest in the field of science communication studies, and noted experts will share insights into how an increasingly politicized public processes environmental information, and spur discussion on how to better tell some of the most important stories on the planet.

IJNR will provide meals and lodging for attendees of the event, as well as transportation to research field sites. Journalists from all media platforms and levels of experience are encouraged to register.

Registration closed.

There is a $25 registration fee that will cover all lodging and meals during the event. 

Attendance will be capped at 20 participants. 

Please note that staying overnight is not required. The workshop will run from (roughly) 8am to 5pm both days to accommodate reporters within "commuting" distance.