International students commonly use friends and family as resources for news, find American news too generic


EAST LANSING, Mich. — Some residents of the United States are well-informed about what’s happening, whether it’s concerning politics, social issues or more trivial information like celebrity gossip. 

We’re surrounded by news all the time. We can turn on the television, tune into one of many channels and obtain information. 

Or we can open Twitter, scroll to the News page and view the trending hashtags. 

Or we can open the app for a newspaper we’re subscribed to and learn what’s happening that way. 

We’re used to being knowledgeable, which makes it hard to believe that many international students have to work to find some of their news. 

International students come from countries thousands of miles away with different governments, policies and social constructs. 

The news that happens in the United States may matter to them, but in four years when some return home with a degree, they need to know what they’ve missed, what changes there were and what happened while they’ve been pursuing their education. “American news displays everything happening in America,” senior Elementary Education major Xinwei Zou of China said. “News in China is filtered by the government.”

The way media in the United States presents information to its viewers is far different than the way media in many other countries do. 

“News in South Korea has so much specific information,” Michigan State University junior Jiyun Park of South Korea said.

‘The media brings in light’: International students talk press freedom, bias, following news from home countries

By Mila Murray

EAST LANSING, Mich. — As neuroscience senior Ece Erder, 21, of Istanbul, Turkey, closely followed the worldwide news coverage of her city’s mayoral election this past summer, she thought: “Is this really about to happen?”

The election, which Vox Media reported “delivered a big victory for Turkey’s democracy,” shocked the nation as opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu was elected for the second time in a row. 

For Erder, who travels to Chicago to vote in Turkey’s elections, keeping up with what’s happening back at home is important. 

Last year, 6,260 international students from 140 countries were enrolled at Michigan State University, according to the Office for International Students and Scholars’ annual statistical report. Though Erder is technically not an international student, she and her family moved to the U.S. right before she started college. 

“Personally, I know what side of the news I stand by, and I know what side of the news I don’t care about,” Erder said. “And in Turkey, it’s pretty polarized.”

CNN Turk and Cumhuriyet — a daily newspaper headquartered in Istanbul — are news outlets Erder said she turns to the most. Although she’s aware they align more with her views than other publications, she said CNN Turk and Cumhuriyet tend to be perceived as more credible and less biased than other Turkish media, which are largely controlled by the government.. 

“Whatever [the news] is, it is,” Erder said.

Michigan State partnered with the UN to research the importance of inland fisheries

There’s a global challenge to feed rural and poor populations. A new study, however, finds that there is a key source to help provide the proper nutrients to those communities that need it. “Inland fisheries are particularly important for some countries,” Abigail Bennet said. She helped research and find the power in freshwater fisheries around the world. “95 percent of the world’s inland fisheries production comes from developing countries,” Bennett said.

American news content baffles international students

How well does the U.S. news media cover events beyond our borders? Not too well, according to MSU students from Brazil, Canada, Germany and France, even when it’s a major story elsewhere, such as the wildfires in the Amazon. As one put it: “It might be a cliché, but I feel that some Americans think they are alone in this world. And the major news outlets in America reflect that.” By Kamryn Romano.

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Higher costs put community recycling programs at risk

Sharply higher costs are putting strains on community recycling programs — even pushing some cities to send all of their waste to landfills instead. The problem is due in large part to the trade war with China, once the largest buyer of recyclable materials from the U.S. In January 2018, China imposed tariffs and bans on Americans’ waste materials like cardboard and plastics. That’s led to a steep drop in the price waste companies can get for raw recyclable materials. Recyclers have increased fees for processing cities’ waste to make up for those losses. Lansing paid $6.42 per ton to recycle waste gathered from its curbside recycling program in January 2018.

MSU expands mental health service

By Kyle Turk

EAST LANSING, Mich. — New initiatives across the Michigan State University campus have sparked discussion of mental health, a fast-rising talking point across the United States and worldwide. Since the start of the 2018-19 school year, MSU has launched a handful of new outlets for mental health research and services. For example, in September, the university added a satellite counseling service at the MSU Union, and with it comes plenty of opportunities for students to seek the resources they need, according to students across campus. Last summer, MSU’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) had a large hand in facilitating a new coalition that focuses student groups on working together to raising awareness of mental health issues.

Changes may be ahead of MSU economics degrees


EAST LANSING, Mich. — There is a new push by international students and the Economics Department at Michigan State University to change the bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in economics to science majors. This change would allow international students more time to stay in the United States after graduation — up to three years instead of one — to find a company to sponsor their work visas, advocates say. The move comes after a recent unanimous vote in the student government — ASMSU — to advocate for the change. The bill was sponsored by International Students Association representative Asif Iftekhar and College of Business representative Jiahao She who is an international student as well.