Forum Communications Co. employees from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and WDAY-TV in Fargo hosted a community discussion Sunday (Feb. 19) in Moorhead, Minn., regarding the company’s “Living with Water” multimedia reporting project. The discussion was held as part of Concordia College’s F/M Communiversity Program which offers non-credit, educational, cultural and social opportunities for those interested in lifelong learning.
Forum Editor Matthew Von Pinnon moderated the panel discussion, and Forum reporters Kristen Daum, Marino Eccher and Patrick Springer offered their insights on what they learned during their months of research and writing on water topics, including flooding, diversion, and dam issues along the Missouri, Red and Sheyenne Rivers, along with ongoing concerns in the Devils Lake basin.
WDAY-TV metereologist John Wheeler discussed how weather patterns have played a role in water surplus and drought conditions.
Beginning last fall, FCC reporters from multiple locations – including Dickinson, Grand Forks and Jamestown, N.D.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; and Mitchell, S.D. – undertook the “Living with Water” project, a multimedia reporting project involving print, broadcast and digital platforms, to build an understanding about water and its impacts on the lives of people in the Dakotas and Minnesota, including ways in which our uses of water impact other regions and how their uses impact us. Topics have included: coping with record-breaking flooding, demands for higher quality water and ways in which we ensure an adequate supply for the future.
The stories published five consecutive Sundays in The Forum, the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, The Dickinson (N.D.) Press, The Jamestown (N.D.) Sun and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D., and will culminate this coming Sunday (Feb. 26). The stories also are being shared on WDAY-TV in Fargo, WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks and online at http://water.areavoices.com.