1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Journalism

Edited By David B. Sachsman, JoAnn Myer Valenti Copyright 2020
    444 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    442 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction: environmental journalism

    David B. Sachsman and JoAnn Myer Valenti

    Part I: Journalism and the Environment

    1. The Development of Environmental Journalism in the Western World
    2. Mark Neuzil

    3. Sources, Strategic Communication, and Environmental Journalism
    4. Anders Hansen

    5. The Rise of Environmental Journalism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
    6. Bill Kovarik

    7. In the Crosshairs: The Perils of Environmental Journalism
    8. Eric Freedman

    9. Finding and Following the Facts in an Era of Fake News
    10. Carey Gillam

    11. Audio Storytelling
    12. Judy Fahys

    13. When Environmental Documentary Films are Journalism
    14. JoAnn Myer Valenti

    15. The Education Needs of Future Environmental Journalists
    16. Bernardo Motta

      Part II: Environmental Journalism in the United States

    17. Love Canal
    18. Rae Tyson

    19. "What was tritium?" Conquering Our Own Ignorance
    20. Jane Kay

    21. Reporting on Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Rocky Flats Bomb Factory
    22. Len Ackland

    23. How We Reported on the Paving of Paradise
    24. Craig Pittman

    25. Risky Business: Covering the Environment in a Changing Media Landscape
    26. Mark Schleifstein

    27. I Communicate, Therefore I Tweet
    28. Bud Ward

      Part III: Environmental Journalism in Europe and Russia

    29. Environmental Journalism – The British Experience
    30. Robin Whitlock

    31. The Environmental Beat: Public Confusion, Digital Media, Social Media, and Fake News in the United Kingdom and Ireland
    32. John Gibbons

    33. Environmental Journalism in France at a Turning Point
    34. Magali Reinert

    35. A Green Façade on a Crumbling Building? Environmental Journalism in Germany
    36. Christopher Schrader

    37. Environmental Journalism in the Nordic Countries
    38. Jari Lyytimäki

    39. Environmental Journalism in Spain
    40. María-Teresa Mercado-Saez and Manuel Chavez

    41. Environmental Journalism in Russia
    42. Angelina Davydova

    43. Bringing Climate Change Reporting to Russia
    44. Angelina Davydova

    45. The State of Environmental Journalism in the Balkan Region
    46. Maria Bolevich

    47. Covering the Environment in Ukraine
    48. Mariana Verbovska

      Part IV: Environmental Coverage in Asia and Australia

    49. The Status and Future of Environmental Journalism in Japan
    50. Masako Konishi

    51. Environmental News Reports in China
    52. Ji Li

    53. Environmental Journalism in India: Past, Present, and Future
    54. Maitreyee Mishra

    55. Environmental Journalism in Australia and New Zealand
    56. Maxine Newlands

    57. Environmental Journalism in the Asia and Pacific Region
    58. Maxine Newlands

      Part V: Environmental Reporting in Africa and the Middle East

    59. Environmental Journalism – A Perspective from South Africa
    60. Tony Carnie

    61. Swashbuckling Tales: Oxpeckers Peck Away at the Digital Future of Environmental Journalism
    62. Fiona Macleod

    63. Environmental Journalism in East Africa: Opportunities and Challenges in the 21st Century
    64. Margaret Jjuuko

    65. Environmental Journalism in Nigeria and Gambia
    66. Ngozi Okpara

    67. Journalism and Environmental Issues in the Middle East
    68. Nadia Rahman

      Part VI: Environmental Journalism in South America

    69. Environmental Journalism in Latin America
    70. Fermín Koop

    71. Ice Magnet: The Story of a Thousand Stories
    72. Angela Posada-Swafford

    73. Under the Canopy, by the River: Covering Stories in the Amazon and Congo Basins and the Importance of a "Pantropical" Journalism

    Gustavo Faleiros




    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 (EHN.org) and dailyclimate.org; 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, TheConversation.com/US; Former environment reporter for the Boston Globe; Pulitzer finalist for climate coverage