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Informing the public through multimedia outlets: How a team of interdisciplinary scientists aided in the understanding of local water quality issues. Kelly Borgmann and Dylan Hayes. Background.

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kelly borgmann and dylan hayes

Informing the public through multimedia outlets:How a team of interdisciplinary scientists aided in the understanding of local water quality issues

Kelly Borgmann and Dylan Hayes

  • In November of 2011 Dr. Adam Kuban approached Dr. Lee Florea to talk about the problems between journalism and science.
  • In the spring of 2013 they started a Ball State Immersive Learning course through the BBC.
They interviewed students and put together a team of journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware County
  • Building Better Communities (BBC)
  • teams of students work with communities, businesses, and government agencies to develop real-world solutions to real-world problems
  • engage participants in an active learning process that is student-driven but guided by a faculty mentor

Our community partner, FlatLand Resources


Why water quality?

  • What we did:
  • Field Sampling
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Interviews and Media Production
results our website
Results:Our website

All our data and publications were collected and put on a website.

discussion why use multi media
Discussion:Why use multi-media
  • Accessibility
  • Use by multiple organizations
  • Future expansion
discussion merging science and media
Discussion:Merging Science and Media
  • 15 students representing 6 majors worked on this project.
  • Everyone participated in both the scientific and media tasks.
  • Media students learned about the science behind water quality
  • Science students learned how to interview and present information in an engaging way.
discussion community impact
Discussion:Community Impact
  • Website hosted on the Soil Water Resources webpage
  • Data collected used by Flatland Resources
  • Conference presentations
  • Story on Indiana Public Radio