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.

Global Partnership series: Researchers reaching out

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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 publishing research from Malawian scientists was produced by Rhoda Msiska from the Voice of Livingstonia.

Scientists in Malawi are coordinating with the media to spread the word of their research. Some say research findings haven’t been put to full use due to poor communication.

Listen here.

Voice of Livingstonia is a radio station operated in the Northern Region of Malawi, and reaches over 4 million listeners.

Global Partnership Series: More productive goats

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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 increasing the population of goats in Malawi was produced by Rhoda Msiska from the Voice of Livingstonia.

Listen here.

Researchers in Malawi are trying to make healthier goats. Innovations in goat productivity could potentially boost goat populations from 8 million to 50 million in Malawi alone.

Voice of Livingstonia is a radio station operated in the Northern Region of Malawi, and reaches over 4 million listeners.

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Global Partnership Series: Food Preservation Report

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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 biodiversity in Malawian crops was produced by Rhoda Msiska from the Voice of Livingstonia.
Malawi is producing more cassava and sweet potato, which could boost dietary diversity in households. In order to do that researchers are looking into making those crops more resilient to pests and crop failure.
Voice of Livingstonia is a radio station operated in the Northern Region of Malawi, and reaches over 4 million listeners.
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