Bootcamp Day 2: AP Style assignment

In class today we were given a little quiz on style writing. We were given a bunch of press releases about a recent environmental award and told to quickly write up a 300-word piece as though we were writing for AP. We all posted them to our blogs and then went through the lovely process of picking them apart in a group session afterward. Yay fun!

The class blog includes a blog roll of all the other students, aggregating all our first tentative AP steps 🙂 Corrections to my piece will be noted later. Yeah not thrilling reading, you may skip to more interesting posts, I won’t be offended.

Conservation Prize Rewards Elephant Crusader

A leading elephant conservationist has been announced as the 2010 winner of the  $100,000 Indianapolis Prize for his work in Africa against poaching and the sale of ivory.

British zoologist, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Ph.D., who is the CEO and founder of Save The Elephants has been awarded conservationism’s largest cash prize for his lifetime of work to protect the African elephant. Douglas-Hamilton has studied and worked to publicize the plight of African elephants sine the 1960’s and founded Save The Elephants in 1993 to monitor elephant populations as well as foster greater awareness of the threats they face. He was particularly instrumental in bringing attention to the threat posed by the sale of ivory.

Douglas Hamilton was one of 29 conservationists nominated earlier this year who have dedicated themselves to protecting species ranging from great white sharks to blue butterflies, from wild turkeys to bats. “These conservationists are all living their own unique and fascinating adventures that battle the odds, but achieve great victories” said Michael Crowther, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo, the body which gave rise to the award.

The Indianapolis Prize was created recently in 2006 with funding from the Ely Lilly Company and Foundation and is awarded biannually to an individual making significant contributions to the conservation of endangered species. The prize was established in an effort to raise awareness about the planet’s disappearing species and to bring attention to those individuals fighting to save them, according to the foundation’s press release.

The two previous recipients were George Schaller, Ph.D.. a senior biologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and George Archibald, Ph.D, a biologist credited with saving over a dozen species of cranes.

Douglas Hamilton will be honored in a ceremony to be held on September 25, 2010 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis.

Corrected Version:

Conservation Prize Rewards Elephant Crusader

A leading elephant conservationist has been announced as the 2010 winner of the  $100,000 Indianapolis Prize for his work in Africa against poaching and the sale of ivory.

British zoologist Iain Douglas-Hamilton, who is the founder of Save The Elephants, has won conservationism’s largest cash prize for his lifetime of work. Douglas-Hamilton has studied and worked to publicize the plight of African elephants sine the 1960’s and founded Save The Elephants in 1993 to monitor elephant populations as well as foster greater awareness of the threats they face. He was instrumental in bringing attention to the threat posed by the sale of ivory.

Douglas Hamilton was one of 29 conservationists nominated earlier this year who have dedicated themselves to protecting species ranging from great white sharks to blue butterflies, from wild turkeys to bats. “These conservationists are all living their own unique and fascinating adventures that battle the odds, but achieve great victories” said Michael Crowther, president of the Indianapolis Zoo, the body which gave rise to the award.

The Indianapolis Prize was created in 2006 with funding from the Ely Lilly Company and Foundation and is awarded biennially to an individual making significant contributions to the conservation of endangered species. The prize was established in an effort to raise awareness about the planet’s disappearing species and to bring recognition to those individuals fighting to save them, according to the foundation’s press release.

The two previous recipients were George Schaller, Ph.D.. a senior biologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and George Archibald, Ph.D, a biologist credited with saving over a dozen species of cranes.

Douglas-Hamilton will be honored in a ceremony to be held on Sept. 25, at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis.

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