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        What is it?
          What is Journalism?
• Merriam Webster:

• the collection and editing of news for
  presentation through the media
Huh?
                     Journalism:
• Telling true stories, well and accurately.
• Communicating information that will help people make
  sense of their world.
• Getting the story behind the story, avoiding the spin,
  finding the truth.
• A public trust with citizens to investigate and expose
  wrongs and trumpet rights.
• Doug Saunders : “universal reflex of citizenship.”
• Adding meaning to facts.
• “Gathering, analyzing, and disseminating socially relevant
  information in a consistent, transparent, and honest way.” -
  -Luis Santos
                                                   •   --Thanks to Gina Chen!
      What is Good News Writing?
•   What happened?
•   How has the world changed?
•   So what?
•   ABC: accuracy, brevity, clarity.
•   multiple authoritative, reliable sources
•   Quotes effectively
•   Provides context
•   balanced, unbiased
•   Shows the reader what happened; doesn’t tell
    the reader what to think.
        The five Ws and an H
•   Who
•   What
•   Where
•   When
•   Why
•   and How
     What is environmentalism?
• Environmentalism, is a broad philosophy and
  social movement regarding concerns for
  environmental conservation and improvement
  of the state of the environment.

• -Wikipedia
Huh?
 Ok, really, what’s environmentalism?
• "The more clearly we can focus our attention
  on the wonders and realities of the universe
  about us, the less taste we shall have for
  destruction.”
•
  —Rachel Carson, 1954
  Paul Brooks, Rachel Carson’s editor:
• Conservationists need words because what
  they are trying to do is to enlighten and
  inform: to change fundamental attitudes , not
  because they say so, but because they have
  the facts that will command such change.
     The Forest Beyond the Pyramid


Most important
& newsworthy




 Least Important; supporting
 details
             Michael Frome:
• Environmental writing reaches deeper with
  beginning, middle, and end integrally joined. It
  thinks not simply of Who, What, When,
  Where, Why and How, but of species instead
  of an animal, a forest instead of a tree.
                … the Whole
writing with a purpose…thinking about the
 whole, with breadth and perspective
  – --Michael Frome

  Asking deeper questions.
    --Bill McKibben
                  Frome:
            More than reporting

•   Social service
•   Voice to struggle
•   Honesty and purpose
•   Risk and sacrifice
•   Care for the non-human world
Are environmental reporters just tree
     huggers with a notebook?
No, but get beyond the…
         Report. Don’t Exhort.
• People who want to write about the
  environment, care about the environment.
  That means they don’t think the way most
  people think. –Candy Page, BFP
• You can’t assume everyone shares your
  values, speaks Ecologish or gives a shit about
  trees.
• Make them care by showing them what’s true.
             Felicity Barringer
• Good guys vs evil polluters is not always useful
• Take the side of science
               Andrew Revkin
•   Convey what the science has revealed
•   What is not understood
•   Future research
•   Amount of uncertainty
                       Revkin
• Activism lies in choosing subjects like climate
  change and biodiversity loss that the media
  tend to shy away from because they don’t fit
  our norms:
  – Clear news “peg”
  – Risks relevant to daily life
• “Environmental stories don’t break, they
  ooze.”
•
  —Frank Allen, Ex-Wall Street Journal writer

				
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