About this event

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.

Join the conversation:  #wvustreamlab

Woman throwing sensor in river

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.

12 Speakers
50 Attendees


John Keefe

John Keefe

Senior Editor for Data News at WNYC

Don Blair

Don Blair

Fellow at Public Lab, Research Affiliate at MIT Media Lab

Emily Garner

Emily Garner

Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech

Dave Mistich

Dave Mistich

Digital Editor and Coordinator for West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB)

Jason Hubbart

Jason Hubbart

Director of the West Virginia University Institute of Water Security and Science

Dr. J. Todd Petty

Professor of Aquatic Sciences at West Virginia University; Associate Dean of Academic Administration a WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design

Shishira Sreenivas

Master's of Science in Journalism student at West Virginia University; News and Video Production Assistant at WVU Medicine




Event Venue

  • WVU Reed College of Media Innovation Center
    Evansdale Crossing Building, 4th Floor
    62 Morrill Way Morgantown, WV 26506

    Parking Map
  • 304-293-6246


Here are some images from the Knight Funded Innovators-in-Residence water quality reporting project:


Space is limited to 75 spots. Please register to reserve your space at the StreamLab Workshop.

Free Registration