Environmental journalism is an increasingly significant area for study within the broader field of journalism studies. It connects the concerns of politics, science, business, culture and the natural world whilst also exploring the boundaries between the local, regional and global. A central and typical focus for its concerns are the global summits convened to share scientific knowledge about global warming and to formulate policies to mitigate its consequences in particular locales. But reporting environmental change creates difficulties for journalists who are often ill equipped to resolve the uncertainties in the disputed scientific accounts of climate change.
This research-based collection focuses on aspects of environmental journalism in Australia, France, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the USA. Contributors present case studies of media reporting of the environment, and explore considerations of objectivity and advocacy in journalistic coverage of the environment and climate change.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.
Table of Contents
Foreword Bob Franklin
1. Introduction: Environmental Journalism Henrik Bødker and Irene Neverla
2. Climate Change Controversies in French Mass Media 1990-2010 Stefan Cihan Aykut, Jean-Baptiste Comby, and Hélène Guillemot
3. Framing Climate Change: A study of US and Swedish press coverage of global warming Adam Shehata and David Nicolas Hopmann
4. Media Representations of Climate Change in the Argentinean Press María Teresa Mercado
5. Participatory Politics, Environmental Journalism and Newspaper Campaigns Anita Howarth
6. Environmental Journalism in Bangladesh: Active social agency Jahnnabi Das
7. Playing the Media Game: The relative (in)visibility of coal industry interests in media reporting of coal as a climate change issue in Australia Wendy Bacon and Chris Nash
8. Setting the Agenda on Environmental News in Norway: NGOs and newspapers Roy Krøvel
9. Talking Points Ammo: The use of neoliberal think tank fantasy themes to delegitimise scientific knowledge of climate change in Australian newspapers Elaine McKewon
Henrik Bødker is Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication - Media Science at Aarhus University, Denmark.
Irene Neverla is Programme Director in the Institute for Journalism and Communication at the University of Hamburg, Germany.