Journalism and Mass Communications, College of


Date of this Version

Fall 2008


Published in: Ethanol: Salvation or Damnation? University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications DEEP Report, 2008. Copyright © 2008 University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


For nine months, a team of UNL student journalists — six print and four broadcasting — went looking for the answers to these questions. The students read hundreds of pages of background material, interviewed scores of scientists, researchers, professors and energy experts by phone and e-mail, grilled a number of ethanol advocates in person, participated in an energy symposium at Stanford University, traveled to Berkeley, Chicago and Kansas City, and visited ethanol plants, rural communities and cattle country to try to get to the bottom of this elusive, complex issue. The results of their months-long research can be found in the following stories, graphics and photographs.