Great Lakes Echo is produced by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. Original content is produced by students, faculty, professional journalists and Capital News Service.

We foster and serve a news community defined by proximity to and interest in the environment of the Great Lakes watershed. We use traditional reporting methods and push the frontiers of journalism while remaining rooted in the values of accuracy and fairness and while harnessing the knowledge, interests, skills and energy of that community.

How we’re funded

Support changes as we secure grants and other support. Funders cannot edit or control content although they sometimes support reporting on particular issues. Echo either now or in the past has received funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation., the Park Foundation, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Readers may also donate.

Donate to Echo

Your tax-deductible donation directly supports Echo’s independent reporting on the environment of the Great Lakes region.

Faculty and student support is also provided through the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. Some initial support came from MSU’s Environmental Science and Policy Program.

Journalism students at other universities in or near the Great Lakes basin have contributed stories. Among the contributors are students at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Kent State University Stark, the University of Wisconsin. Schools interested in contributing environmental news stories relevant to the Great Lakes region should contact Echo Editor David Poulson, poulsondavid@gmail.com, 517 432 5417.

Use our stories — for free

News providers may use original copy produced by Echo journalists (see note at end of story) at no cost if they retain reporters’ bylines, credit Great Lakes Echo and link stories to GreatLakesEcho.org. We also appreciate a heads-up if you use Echo stories. Tracking their use helps enormously in fundraising for a non-profit news service.

Stories originating with Capital News Service (also see note at end of story) aren’t ours to give away. Contact CNS director Eric Freedman at freedma5@msu.edu to purchase.

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