Environment Reporters in the 21st Century

Environment Reporters in the 21st Century

by James Simon, JoAnn Myer Valenti, David B. Sachsman
     
 

Environment Reporters in the 21st Century is the story of a relatively new journalistic beat, environmental reporting. This book explores the development of the environmental beat as a specialty during the last thirty years. It also discusses broader trends within American journalism resulting from technological changes that challenge traditional mediums,

Overview

Environment Reporters in the 21st Century is the story of a relatively new journalistic beat, environmental reporting. This book explores the development of the environmental beat as a specialty during the last thirty years. It also discusses broader trends within American journalism resulting from technological changes that challenge traditional mediums, especially newspapers and magazines.

The book is divided into three parts. The first reviews the literature and explains the methodology. The second describes the results of the authors’ research. The third provides in-depth accounts of environment reporters at work. A final chapter puts the research in historical perspective, viewing it in terms of the economic decline of the newspaper business and of local television news.

Journalists mediate a constant struggle among thousands of environmental activists, corporate public relations people, government officials, and scientists to shape environmental reporting. This volume tells the story of environmental reporting imaginatively and innovatively.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
". . .a broad, insightful history of environmental reporting and a case study of two environmental stories from conception to publication. The hard truth that shapes the book is that though it is becoming more important for citizens to understand environmental issues, the decline of newspapers and of television news limits the resources available for covering those issues. How the environment will be covered in the Internet age is a question for the next study." —C. A. Bily, Choice “More than sixty years after Kreighbaum, the research team of David Sachsman, James Simon, and JoAnn Valenti performed a similar valuable service for journalism. . . . Their answers will become an important part of the historical record in our understanding of American journalism. As the country attempts to inform itself about huge environmental stories, such as the BP oil spill, their results are informative. . . . This is perhaps one of their most significant findings: modern journalists share many characteristics except additional education in the sciences. . . . As the media industry in general, and environmental journalism in particular, undergoes perhaps its most significant moment of convulsive change since the era of the printing press, these two books offer an important snapshot in time that will prove valuable to those who attempt to understand what happened and why.” —Mark Neuzil, Journalism History “The time is well overdue for a data-based cataloging of who ‘out there’ in the core of professional journalists is covering science-related topics, what their qualifications are, what motivates them, how they go about their jobs, an dhow they deal with everyday conflicts in their work. Environment Reporters in the 21st Century takes an admirable first step in that direction. . . . The authors are to be particularly commended for their research.” —Garrett J. O’Keefe, Science Communication

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412854047
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
07/07/2014
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

James Simon is chair and professor of English at Fairfield University and directs his school’s journalism program.

JoAnn Myer Valenti is professor emerita of communications and a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

David B. Sachsman is a professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he holds the George R. West, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs.

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