Jim Detjen

Knight Chair in Environmental Journalism, Michigan State University
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Jim Detjen is director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University (MSU). He joined the MSU faculty in January 1995 as the Knight Chair in Journalism, the nation's only endowed chair in environmental reporting. The founding president of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), Detjen also helped found the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ) and served as IFEJ president from 1994 to 2000. Prior to joining MSU's faculty, Detjen spent 21 years as a professional newspaper reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Louisville Courier-Journal and other publications. He has won more than 50 awards for his reporting and contributions to environmental journalism. Among them are the George Polk Award, the National Headliner Award for investigative reporting, the Thomas Stokes Award for natural resources reporting (twice) and the Edward Meeman Award for environmental reporting (five times). Detjen is three-time finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. In 1999, he was named the outstanding teacher and faculty member by students in MSU’s journalism school. In 2002, Detjen taught journalism courses at Nankai University in Tianjin, China as part of a Fulbright Scholarship and has conducted journalism training workshops in 14 other countries in addition to the United States.In 2006 he was given the Ralph Smuckler Award, MSU's highest international award, for his contributions to scholarship, teaching and outreach around the world. He is a contributor to or author of four books on environmental and science journalism topics. In 1997 The Earth Times named Detjen as one of the 100 most influential people on environmental and sustainable development issues in the world. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. and a master’s degree in journalism with honors from Columbia University.

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October 02, 2007, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
PowerPoint: The Media and Climate Change (Detjen)
SEMINAR: Journalism in a 24/7 World: Decision-making for the Online Editor


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