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Global Partnership Series: Improving research through awareness

Malawi

As part of The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism’s two-continent, three-country training tour, we’re sharing stories that we’ve received through our global partnerships.

This story on the communicating research to the public was produced by Bernadetta Chiwanda from FM 101 Power Radio.

Listen here.

Chiwanda interviewed Dave Poulson, the Senior Director of The Knight Center.

Poulson says research is no good if no one knows about it.

FM 101 Power Radio is Malawi’s first independent radio station and covers all three regions of the country. For more information on The Knight Center’s tour and partnerships, read more here: https://msufoodfix.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/bridging-food-scientists-and-journalists-with-communications-training/#more-1596

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Global Partnership Series: Fixing the relationship between scientists and farmers

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Bernadetta Chiwanda from FM 101 Power Radio

As part of The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism’s two-continent, three-country training tour, we’re sharing stories that we’ve received through our global partnerships.

This story on the relationship between Malawi’s researchers and farmers was produced by Bernadetta Chiwanda from FM 101 Power Radio.

Listen here

Emmanuel Kaunda is the out-going Acting Vice Chancellor at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Fisheries. He says poor communication between scientists and farmers cost Malawi billions of Kwachas, Malawi’s currency.

FM 101 Power Radio is Malawi’s first independent radio station and covers all three regions of the country.

For more information on The Knight Center’s tour and partnerships, read more here: https://msufoodfix.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/bridging-food-scientists-and-journalists-with-communications-training/#more-1596

Poetry, improv and a lost crop of the Incas: Telling stories to save the world

CIP scientist Willy Pradel explains his research at a mock press conference. Image: David Poulson

By David Poulson

Jan Kreuze stood in front of a room full of reporters and began shredding paper.

“This is how a plant attacks a virus,” the researcher explained.

Then he bent over and gathered up the pieces. Reassembling them with a computer program is an easier, cheaper way of getting a picture of the disease than sifting through the genetics of an entire plant, he said. And that could lead to better strategies for fighting it.

Wilmer Perez held a cardboard wheel above his head.

“It doesn’t need batteries or the Internet,” he told the group.  And yet the device helps farmers decide when to apply pesticides, dramatically reducing their use.

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Communicating research: Malawi journalist interviews one from the U.S.

By Max Johnston

Stanley Kadzuwa, a reporter with the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) FM Radio, recently interviewed David Poulson, senior associate director of the Knight Center and professor of journalism at Michigan State University.

Kadzuwa participated in a workshop put on by Poulson and Amol Pavangadkar, director of Sandbox Studios and a senior specialist with the Media Information Department at MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Listen to the interview here.

Poulson discussed communicating research through journalism, the differences between Malawi and Michigan, and some stories from the training tour.

MIJ FM Radio has operated for over 15 years and airs programs throughout Malawi’s three regions.

This broadcast is from part of The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism’s two-continent, three-country training tour. We’re sharing stories that we’ve received through our global partnerships.

For more information on The Knight Center’s tour and partnerships, read more here.