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.
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About 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 holds the George R. West, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he also serves as director of the annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Bud Ward
AcknowledgmentsPart I: Environment Reporting
1. The Environment Beat2. Studying Specialized Environment Reporters
Part II: The Environment Reporters of the 21st Century
3. The Environment Reporters4. The Work Environment5. Covering the Environment6. Wrestling with Objectivity and Fairness
Part III: The Craft: Telling the Environment Story
7. On the Beat: Environment Reporters at Work8. Environment Reporters in a Time of Change
Appendix A: The SurveyAppendix B: Sources Used by Environment ReportersAppendix C: Three Factors in Environmental Reporter Analysis: Objective/Fair Reporters, Workplace Critics, and Advocates/Civic Journalists