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Chuck Leavell, Keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, Announces the Opportunity for College Students to Become Correspondents for Mother Nature Network

November 13, 2008

ATLANTA, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Today, The Mother Nature Network announces its College Correspondent initiative. One student from each major U.S. college will be selected to be the Mother Nature Network correspondent for 2009. MNN is running the contest in partnership with YouTube to find the country’s best college environmental journalists. ( http://www.youtube.com/mnn )

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With a new President waiting in the wings, 2009 is going to be a year of extraordinary environmental coverage. Mother Nature Network’s college reporters will be at the forefront of this transformational change. Each of the winning correspondents will become a highlighted contributor at MNN for 2009 with his or her own video program or blog that will provide access to a nationwide audience. In addition, winners will receive a “Flip Ultra” video camcorder, and the top five correspondents will be selected to participate in an exclusive, all-expense paid summit where they will share ideas with top environmentalists, business leaders, scientists and entertainers.

MNN was co-founded by former environmental marketing executive Joel Babbit and Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, and one of the world’s most respected environmentalists. Its mission is to provide the most reliable and comprehensive environmental news and information available and to do so in a voice and design that is engaging and easily understood by the mainstream business and consumer audience.

“Providing environmental news coverage on a local level is a major component of the Mother Nature Network,” says Joel Babbit, CEO and President of MNN. “Today’s college students are so knowledgeable and involved in environmental issues — we are hoping they will inspire others in their communities to become more informed as well. Those students who are selected as our correspondents will have the opportunity to report on important issues in their community, improve their skills as aspiring journalists, and gain an important addition to their resume.”

Entry Submission Process

Participants will be chosen in two categories — online and video. Students can audition by submitting a two-to-four minute video to http://www.youtube.com/mnn or a 500-word blog to http://mothernaturenetwork.blogspot.com/2008/10/announcing-mnns-college- contest.html . (Due to Length of URL please copy and paste into your Browser). People 18 years or older, and currently enrolled in college, are eligible to submit content. All entries must be in by January 15, 2009.

About The Mother Nature Network

Mother Nature Network is an environmental news and information website that offers a fresh take on eco news with insightful commentary and smart, spirited discussion on its blogs and social network. From tips on a greener lifestyle to broader issues that affect our global future, MNN is a one-stop site.

The Mother Nature Network is headquartered in Atlanta Georgia, with bureaus across the United States, and will launch in January 2009. http://www.mnn.com/

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