|Sustainable Stories: A Reporting Project by Students in the UNH Journalism ProgramSustainability is not an easy word to spell, let alone cover in the fast-paced world of today’s journalism.
But UNH Assistant Professor Tom Haines and his English 66: Advanced Newswriting class tackled the topic with flying colors this spring via Sustainability Stories at sustainu.org. Their stories of real people and issues in the Seacoast area cover everything from organic farming to domestic violence to returning veterans.
“When I asked the class to reframe the question ‘What is sustainability?’ to ‘What sustains you?,’ the students started answering with more than the usual recycling or environment. Food, good wages and jobs, diversity, healthcare, education, peace, family, friends, love, art -- all of these are part of sustainability,” says UUNH Sustainability Academy Associate Director Sara Cleaves, who spoke with Haines class at the start of their semester. “How do you cover them as a reporter? This was their challenge.”
“Students quickly realized that these answers were strikingly similar to how news organizations structure beats: healthcare, environment, and business, for example, or entertainment, food, and art. So off the students went in search of stories,” adds Tom Haines. Under their newly defined beat names of Create, Cultivate, Educate, Preserve and Reintegrate, their stories discuss everything from sea level rise and nuclear recertification to tales of personal and institutional problems and solutions.
“Like our blog, discoversustainability.org, Sustainability Stories makes the complex concept of sustainability come to life,” says Cleaves. “It’s stories of real people asking what sustains us and putting their ideas into practice, including the students themselves in covering these stories.”
“We hope you find these stories informative and provocative,” adds Haines. “Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts, pointing out corrections or clarifications, or asking questions and adding comments. Such conversation is key to the sustainability of any community.”
Learn more at www.sustainu.org.
Did You Know?
Sustainability Stories was funded in part by a UNH Sustainability Academy co-curricular grant for UNH faculty. Learn more at www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/cocurricularrfp.
Tip of the Month
Check out www.sustainu.org to read all of the sustainability stories written by English 66: Advanced Newswriting taught by UNH Associate Professor Tom Haines (@twhaines).
Farm stand returns!
The UNH Student Organic Garden Club Farm Stand returns this summer! Check for it starting late June/early July on Fridays from 11 AM to 3 PM in the Murkland Hall Courtyard, UNH Durham.
Get ready for fall!
Hey UNH students: August is just around the corner. Do you know what to bring (like a power strip and a reusable water bottle) and what not to bring (like a car or big refrigerator) to campus this fall? Don’t worry. Our student sustainability tips make being Wildcat blue - the new green - a snap. Check them out at www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/studenttips.