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March 7: Carnegie Mellon To Host Media Boot Camp for Environmental and Science Faculty


Chriss Swaney

Carnegie Mellon To Host Media Boot Camp
For Environmental and Science Faculty     

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER) and the university's College of Engineering will host four journalists at a special media panel from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 in the Singleton Room of Roberts Hall.     

The Media Boot Camp series is designed to help faculty and researchers better understand the needs of reporters and broadcast producers covering science and the environment. The event is open to Carnegie Mellon faculty.     

"The spring media boot camp is a great opportunity for our faculty to interact with journalists and to help them better broadcast their research to the public," said SEER Executive Director Deb Lange.     

Panel participants include Nathalie Berry, field producer for WQED-TV's "On Q"; Regis Bobonis, managing editor of WTAE-TV; Mary Anne Vandevelde, a WPXI-TV producer; and Frank Gottlieb, news director at KQV radio. The journalists will discuss their reporting beats and the challenges created by the brevity of broadcast news.     

"Given SEER's role in promoting energy and the environment at Carnegie Mellon, it is critical that we understand how the media works and that our faculty develop a working relationship with local and national journalists," Lange said.

A seventh Media Boot Camp event, featuring online reporters and editors, is scheduled for this fall.