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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Journalism

ISBN 9781138478503
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
442 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Journalism provides a thorough understanding of environmental journalism around the world.

An increasing number of media platforms – from newspapers and television to Internet social media networks – are the major providers of indispensable information about the natural world and environmental risk. Despite the dramatic changes in the news industry that have tended to reduce the number of full-time newspaper reporters, environmental journalists remain key to bringing stories to light across the globe. With contributions from around the world broken down into five key regions – the United States of America, Europe and Russia, Asia and Australia, Africa and the Middle East, and South America – this book provides support for today’s environment reporters, the providers of essential news in the 21st century.

As a scholarly and journalistic work written by academics and the environmental reporters themselves, this volume is an essential text for students and scholars of environmental communication, journalism, and global environmental issues more generally, as well as professionals working in this vital area.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Journalism and the Environment  1. The Development of Environmental Journalism in the Western World Mark Neuzil  2. Sources, Strategic Communication, and Environmental Journalism Anders Hansen  3. The Rise of Environmental Journalism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America Bill Kovarik  4. In the Crosshairs Eric Freedman  6. Finding and Following the Facts in an Era of Fake News Carey Gillam  7. Audio Storytelling Judy Fahys  8. When Environmental Documentary Films are Journalism JoAnn Myer Valenti  9. The Education Needs of Future Environmental Journalists Bernardo Motta  Part 2: Environmental Journalism in the United States 10. Love Canal Rae Tyson  11. "What was tritium?" Conquering Our Own Ignorance Jane Kay 12. Reporting on Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Rocky Flats Bomb Factory Len Ackland  13. How We Reported on the Paving of Paradise Craig Pittman  14. Risky Business: Covering the Environment in a Changing Media Landscape Mark Schleifstein  15. Communicate, Therefore I Tweet Bud Ward Part 3: Environmental Journalism in Europe and Russia  16. Environmental Journalism Robin Whitlock  17. The Environmental Beat John Gibbons  18. Environmental Journalism in France at a Turning Point Magali Reinert  19. A Green Façade on a Crumbling Building? Christopher Schrader  20. Environmental Journalism in the Nordic Countries Jari Lyytimäki  21. Environmental Journalism in Spain María-Teresa Mercado-Saez and Manuel Chavez  22. Environmental Journalism in Russia Angelina Davydova  23. Bringing Climate Change Reporting to Russia Angelina Davydova  24. The State of Environmental Journalism in the Balkan Region Maria Bolevich  25. Covering the Environment in Ukraine Mariana Verbovska  Part 4: Environmental Coverage in Asia and Australia  26. The Status and Future of Environmental Journalism in Japan Masako Konishi  27. Environmental News Reports in China Ji Li  28. Environmental Journalism in India Maitreyee Mishra  29. Environmental Journalism in Australia and New Zealand Maxine Newlands  30. Environmental Journalism in the Asia and Pacific Region Maxine Newlands   Part 5: Environmental Reporting in Africa and the Middle East 31. Environmental Journalism Tony Carnie  32. Swashbuckling Tales Fiona Macleod  33. Environmental Journalism in East Africa Margaret Jjuuko  34. Environmental Journalism in Nigeria and Gambia Ngozi Okpara  35. Journalism and Environmental Issues in the Middle East Nadia Rahman  Part 6: Environmental Journalism in South America  36. Environmental Journalism in Latin America Fermín Koop  37. Ice Magnet Angela Posada-Swafford  38. Under the Canopy, by the River Gustavo Faleiros


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David B. Sachsman holds the George R. West, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His books include Environmental Risk and the Press, The Reporter’s Environmental Handbook, and Environment Reporters in the 21st Century.

JoAnn Myer Valenti, Emerita Professor of Communication, is co-author of Environment Reporters in the 21st Century, a founding SEJ Academic Board Member, and an AAAS Fellow.


"David Sachsman and JoAnn Valenti have a rare and precious combination of skills -- accomplishment and street-cred in both the practice and teaching of environmental journalism. They've compiled an exhaustive, authoritative look at the craft, how it evolved, and how it impacted our past, impacts our world today, and will impact our future." -- Peter Dykstra, Editor, Environmental Health News ( and; Contributor, Public Radio International's Living on Earth; Former Executive Producer, CNN Science and Environment, USA

"The authors of the chapters of the handbook, mostly active environmental journalists but many of them with functions in academia too, provide an impressive global overview of the state of environmental journalism. While some observers of the media system speak of journalism mainly as a relic of the past, a living fossil prone to extinction, the authors themselves are examples of a reconfiguration of environmental journalism in a changed communication ecosystem. Environmental journalism struggles – but the good news is that it seems to be too stubborn to die out." -- Hans Peter Peters, Editor, Public Understanding of Science; Adjunct Professor of Science Journalism, Free University of Berlin; Research Fellow, Research Center Jülich, Germany

"This is an ambitious project, as most all handbook projects are. The chapters paint an amazingly rich picture of environmental journalism as it exists in the world today, as well as where it came from. This includes making connections to "nature writing," to the rise of internet-based reporting, to the concomitant fall of mainstream journalism in so many places, to the differing social and cultural contexts around the globe that mold and are molded by what journalism (in its varying forms) has to say – about environment as about everything else. I recommend it for the breadth and depth of its discussion of all these issues and more. I can certainly see how many of its chapters might find their way into graduate and undergraduate curricula of the near future, especially where teachers want to encourage awareness of global trends, global variations, and global challenges." -- Susanna Priest, Editor-in-Chief, Science Communication: Linking Theory and Practice, USA; Author, Communicating Climate Change: The Path Forward; Editor,

Ethics and Practice in Science Communication

"Journalists – and the environment – are facing a global reckoning. Never before have threats been so severe to the earth, and to the individuals that chronicle its fate. David B. Sachsman and JoAnn Myer Valenti take a bold, comprehensive and vital look at the forces that are shaping global environmental journalism through personal stories of triumph and danger, history, and geographic hotspots of environmental degradation. This seminal handbook paints the most complete picture yet of one of the most important news endeavors of our time: environmental journalism." -- Beth Daley

Editor and General Manager,; Former environment reporter for the Boston Globe; Pulitzer finalist for climate coverage