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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


Background
Background

  • 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.


Kelly borgmann and dylan hayes
They interviewed students and put together a team of journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware County


Background1
Background 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


Background2
Background journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware County

Our community partner, FlatLand Resources


Background3
Background journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware County

Why water quality?


Methods
Methods journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware County

  • What we did:

  • Field Sampling

  • Laboratory Analysis

  • Interviews and Media Production


Results our website
Results: journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware CountyOur website

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


Discussion why use multi media
Discussion: journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware CountyWhy use multi-media

  • Accessibility

  • Use by multiple organizations

  • Future expansion


Discussion merging science and media
Discussion: journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware CountyMerging 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: journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware CountyCommunity Impact

  • Website hosted on the Soil Water Resources webpage

  • Data collected used by Flatland Resources

  • Conference presentations

  • Story on Indiana Public Radio


Questions
Questions? journalism and science students to study water quality in Delaware County