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  • Michael Kodas is a journalism educator, researcher and working journalist. He teaches science writing, photojournalism, visual storytelling, principles of journalism, disaster coverage and media entrepreneurship. His editorial work involves producing books, photojournalism, long-form stories, news coverage, features and videos for print, broadcast and web outlets. Kodas focuses on environmental issues, most recently the global increase in wildfire and climate change. He researches the changing media landscape, how the business models are changing for news outlets. He uses that research and his continued contacts with media across America and around the world to connect students with opportunities to learn and work in modern journalism. Kodas's research into new methods of digital storytelling presents opportunities for students to participate in producing cutting-edge journalism dealing with significant, developing issues for local, regional, national and international news outlets.

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  • Environmental journalism, photojournalism, video journalism, documentary production, multimedia journalism, transmedia journalism, science journalism, science writing, disaster and hazard journalism, wildfire, forestry, climate change journalism, energy journalism, breaking news coverage, investigative journalism, adventure journalism

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Teaching

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  • JRNL 1000 - Principles of Journalism and Networked Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Surveys the history, practices and responsibilities of journalism in a democracy. Examines ethics, best practices in institutional and network settings, reporting and writing, international news systems, personal branding, and strategies for creating and distributing content across media platforms. Promotes the highest professional values and encourages students to be leaders who recognize the possibilities of journalism in a democratic society.
  • JRNL 4002 - Reporting 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Assumes mastery of basic reporting and writing skills. Students produce more sophisticated stories on a variety of topics.
  • JRNL 4822 - Reporting on the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Involves reporting and writing about the environment by taking into account the scientific, technological, political, economic and cultural dimensions of environmental subjects. Same as JRNL 5822.
  • JRNL 5011 - Newsgathering and Multimedia Storytelling
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Develops skills in research and reporting on public issues and news events, and in the construction of narrative in the journalistic and documentary traditions, using a variety of media platforms.
  • JRNL 5822 - Reporting on the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Involves reporting and writing about the environment by taking into account the scientific, technological, political, economic and cultural dimensions of environmental subjects. Same as JRNL 4822.

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