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Oysters Video Lands Journalism Students on ‘Planet Forward’ in D.C.

Student/faculty team focuses on oyster farming – spurred by research in MNS – as a global food solution

As the world population steadily rises and we collectively confront the need for more energy, water and food than we can produce today, could commercial oyster farming prove an innovation in food sourcing? Five journalism students from Roger Williams think it might – and this week they’re sharing a three-minute video on how research in RWU’s marine biology program is prompting entrepreneurial aquaculture efforts.

The video – produced by Nicholle Buckley, Harrison Connery, Samantha D'Orsi, Christopher Ferreira and Nicholas Handy in conjunction with journalism faculty member Michael Scully – debuted Monday on Planet Forward, a collaborative platform focused on energy, climate and sustainability solutions. This Wednesday, the students will present their video and explain the virtues of oyster farming to an international audience at Feeding the Planet, a one-day summit hosted by Planet Forward and George Washington University.

The group shot the video starting on September 1 from locations on campus, on Hog Island across the bay and in DeWolf Tavern in downtown Bristol. The video features marine biology professor Dale Leavitt as well as students Heather Kinney and Dan Arnold. (Watch the video, below…)

The students’ participation in Planet Forward builds on a five-year relationship with Frank Sesno, a former CNN reporter who now serves as director of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and the creator and host of Planet Forward. To date, RWU students have produced 44 video vignettes exploring sustainability and solutions, Scully says.