This free, public workshop will examine America’s growing water crisis, from the Elk River chemical spill in West Virginia to the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan. Our expert panel will discuss elevating environmental reporting and engaging citizens in science stories.
Throughout the workshop, there will be demonstrations, hands-on activities and candid conversations—giving participants the opportunity to explore sensor journalism, its promise and peril.
During this daylong event, journalists, watershed groups, citizen scientists and students will join forces to explore how we can experience environmental data beyond our smartphones and computer screens.
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This project is sponsored by the Online News Association with support from Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation. The StreamLab project is part of the Knight-funded Innovators-in-Residence program.
This event is open to journalists who cover science and environmental stories, watershed groups, citizen scientists, and journalism, science and engineering students.
Welcome keynote address by John Keefe.
This ignite-style panel discussion will take a candid look at the pros and cons of investigating environmental stories with sensors, why telling science stories matters and the power of connecting community members to what’s happening in their own backyards.
Groups will be formed to travel between all breakout sessions between 1pm and 4pm.
Let’s do this! Don Blair and Jillian Clemente will lead you through a mini-makeathon to build a water conductivity sensor.
Learn by doing: John Keefe and Dave Mistich will teach you tricks and tools for turning sensor data into visual stories.
WVU College of Media graduate students Colleen Good and Shishira Sreenivas will walk participants through the evolution of their story on water quality problems in a Grafton, West Virginia, stream.
Join Jason Hubbart for a rapid experimental session to get feedback on crafting your science into bite-size, easily digestible information.
Join us for refreshments! Meet and greet with the photographers from "In The Air" exhibit. Maker Journalism show and tell. Showing of Citizen Stream documentary.
Space is limited to 75 spots. Please register to reserve your space at the StreamLab Workshop.