Tony Van Witsen brings years of experience to his work with Alma students. He worked behind the scenes in local and network TV, including the PBS NewsHour where he created longform video reports on cutting edge science and scientific controversies. His more memorable moments include the time he was thrown out of the old Soviet Union for undercover reporting on secret scientific experiments with telepathy, the time he followed scientists into the Hawaiian rain forest to see how changing temperatures affected the local bird population, and witnessing peoples’ struggles to rebuild New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. (Don’t let these highlights fool you. The vast majority of his time was taken up with much humbler tasks) He recently finished his degree at Michigan State, where he studied the relationship between mass media and science, especially controversial environmental science like climate change.
PhD Information and Media, Michigan State University 2020
MS Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin Madison 2012
MFA Writing, Vermont College, 2004
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“Rainie’s Dream” Sortes Spring 2020
“Take One” Fiction Week Literary Review Fall 2018
2021 (Forthcoming) How Conservation Organizations Visually Communicate about Wildlife Crime: A Content Analysis of Advertisement Images. Environmental Communication.
2019 Van Witsen, A. (2019) How Daily Journalists Use Numbers and Statistics: The Case of Global Average Temperature, Journalism Practice, DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2019.1682944
How daily journalists verify numbers and statistics in news stories: An empirical study Oral presentation, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) virtual conference, August 2020.
How Conservation Organizations Visually Communicate about Wildlife Crime: A Content Analysis of Advertisement Images. 70th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) virtual conference, May 2020.