1st Edition

Journalism and Reporting Synergistic Effects of Climate Change

Edited By Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., Juliet Pinto Copyright 2024

    This book examines how journalism functions among “synergistic effects” of climate change, such as compounded impact of severe weather, social and political responses to changing global warming, and the often-unfortunate results and impacts on our environments.

    The volume emerges as global communities attempt to address climate events already challenging for journalists to cover and the social and cultural outcomes associated with them. Chapters in this book bring together global scholars and media practitioners who highlight digital challenges in covering the complexities of environmental change, from climate deniers and facts to longstanding and new approaches to covering heat, disaster, safety, mis- and dis-information, and data. These chapters provide conceptual and practical solutions to issues journalists (and scholars) face amidst global contestation and global warming to better communicate in an increasingly digital age.

    Journalism and Reporting Synergistic Effects of Climate Change will be an invaluable resource for scholars, researchers and practitioners in journalism, mass communication, media studies, environmental communication, communication studies, and sociology. It was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Practice.

    Introduction—Covering Synergistic Effects of Climate Change: Global Challenges for Journalism

    Robert E. Gutsche Jr and Juliet Pinto


    1. New Reasons for Forced Displacement: A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of the Construction of Refugee Identity

    Ryan Wallace


    2. Precariously Employed Climate Journalists the Challenges of Freelance Climate Journalists in South Asia

    Mushfique Wadud


    3. Calm During the Storm: Micro-Assemblage, Meteorology and Community Building on a Local Independent Weather Blog During Hurricane Harvey

    Marcus Funk


    4. Blowing in the Wind—Norwegian Wind Power Photographs in Transition

    Anne Hege Simonsen


    5. Heroes of the Day After Tomorrow: “The Oil Worker” in Norwegian Climate Coverage 2017–2021

    Andreas Ytterstad, Camilla Houeland and David Jordhus-Lier


    6. The Potential of Interactivity and Gamification Within Immersive Journalism & Interactive Documentary (I-Docs) to Explore Climate Change Literacy and Inoculate Against Misinformation

    Lawrence Brannon, Lisa Gold, Johnny Magee and Geoff Walton


    7. Metajournalistic Discourse as a Stabilizer within the Journalistic Field: Journalistic Practice in the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Gregory Perreault, Mildred F. Perreault and Phoebe Maares


    8. How Constructive News Outlets Reported the Synergistic Effects of Climate Change and Covid-19 Through Metaphors

    Dimitrinka Atanasova


    9. Understanding Influences, Misinformation, and Fact-Checking Concerning Climate-Change Journalism in Pakistan

    Waqas Ejaz, Muhammad Ittefaq and Muhammad Arif


    10. Covering the Wildfire of Mati in Greece: Undermining the Systemic Human Impact on the Environment

    Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis


    11. Are Journalists Reporting on the Highest-Impact Climate Solutions? Findings from a Survey of Environmental Journalists

    Amanda C. Borth, Eryn Campbell, Sammi Munson, Shaelyn M. Patzer, William A. Yagatich and Edward Maibach


    12. Reporting on the 2019 European Heatwaves and Climate Change: Journalists’ Attitudes, Motivations and Role Perceptions

    Nadine Strauss, James Painter, Joshua Ettinger, Marie-Noëlle Doutreix, Anke Wonneberger and Peter Walton


    13. Journalists and Engagement on Twitter and Climate Change: Tweet Authors, Formats, and Content During COP25

    Rafael Carrasco Polaino, Montse Mera Fernández and Sonia Parratt Fernández


    14. Telling Every Story: Characteristics of Systematic Reporting

    David Caswell


    15. What is ‘Good’ Climate Journalism? Public Perceptions of Climate Journalism in Denmark

    Ida Willig, Mark Blach-Ørsten and Rasmus Burkal


    16. Setting an Agenda to Tackle Environmental Issues with Data and Collaboration

    Mathias-Felipe de-Lima-Santos


    Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University, USA, whose research focuses on issues of power and ideology in digital journalism. He is Associate Editor of Journalism Practice and founded and hosts its podcast, “The J Word.”

    Juliet Pinto is Associate Professor in the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State, USA. Her research explores news production of environmental issues in a comparative perspective. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Media and the co-editor of the forthcoming volume, Communicating Resiliency and Efficacy in a Digital Age: Mediated Communities.