Rachael Gleason reported for Great Lakes Echo from 2009 to 2010 when she also acted as quiz editor and developed a standing feature called Monday Mashup, where she reviewed interactive maps of the Great Lakes region. Rachael is originally from Texas, where she worked as a reporter, photographer and desk editor for several years. In addition to working for the daily newspaper of Huntsville, Rachael also worked as a business reporter for The Houston Chronicle, the newspaper of her hometown. She is now a reporter for the Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram.
Clean, drain, dry is common advice among the Great Lakes boating community. Now it’s delivered with a southern drawl. The watercraft maintenance practice limits the spread of invasive species between lakes. And now it is used in Texas to limit the further spread of a Great Lakes menace threatening lakes in that state. Zebra mussels are again the target. They entered the U.S. through the Great Lakes aboard freighters that inadvertently transported them from Eurasia.
Turnover is frustrating at university-based news organizations. Just as a reporter hits her or his stride, they graduate and move on to another venue. Of course fostering the growth that allows that to happen is fulfilling for an educator. But I’d also argue that in the long-run, it’s also good for the longterm quality of Echo’s journalism. For with every reporter we train here at Echo, we expand our network of journalists who keep us abreast of creative newsgathering elsewhere, provide Great Lakes news tips and become potential freelancers for when we secure funding for that kind of thing.
Great Lakes Echo may be a young news service — it celebrated its second birthday this past March — but the twos aren’t always terrible. And second in the nation ain’t bad either. Echo reporters Alice Rossignol and Rachael Gleason were dubbed runner ups for their work on the Great Lakes SmackDown! this past fall. The series earned second place in the country for the Online Commentary and Opinion category of the Society of Professional Journalists National Mark of Excellence Awards.
Editor’s note: Great Lakes SmackDown! Terrestrial Terror is an ongoing Great Lakes Echo series. Four weeks ago 16 of the most troublesome terrestrial invasive species in the Great Lakes region took to the ring to find out which one readers thought was the worst. Plants entered land brawls facing mammals; birds took the sky to ward off insects. But now it’s time to make the final decision.
Editor’s note: Great Lakes SmackDown! Terrestrial Terror is an on going Great Lakes Echo series. Last week The Green Menace and The Beast faced off in the first match of the Terrestrial Terror Final Four. So will it be the boar or the borer? In the polls, 75 percent of readers chose swine over the green-plated insect.
Editor’s note: Great Lakes SmackDown! Terrestrial Terror is an on going Great Lakes Echo series. Shakespeare’s darling and The Bark Butcher went at it last week in the Terrestrial Terror Final Four. One hundred percent of pollsters voted for the European starling. Nineteen percent of bracketeers voted for the songbird and 5 percent voted for the beech scale.