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WIU Offers Environmental Journalism Class Spring 2008

January 4, 2008

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MOLINE, IL - - Students interested in environmental topics and writing can sign up for Western Illinois University's new Environmental Journalism course, which will be taught by two award-winning journalists this spring through the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus.

WIU Professor Bill Knight, who writes for GateHouse Media newspapers, and Mark Ridolfi, editorial page editor at the Quad City Times, will lead discussion for the course, offered as Journalism 400/Topics.

Environmental Journalism will have a lecture/seminar format, with special guests, relevant videos, and field trips to a Superfund waste disposal site, a Mississippi River eagle count and a wind farm, Knight said.

"Whether students want a 400-level elective, a course about a vital topic, or something to count toward a journalism major or minor, Environmental Journalism could fit," Knight added.

The 3-credit-hour class will meet five weekends from 5:30-8 p.m. Fridays and from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 1-2, Feb. 8-9, Feb. 15-16, March 7-8 and April 4-5.

Registration is open; however, enrollment is limited to 18 students. For more information, contact Western's English and journalism department, 309/298-1103.

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