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									Environmental Journalism

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

• the collection and editing of news for
  presentation through the media
• 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
 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
  —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
             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
            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
• 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
• 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
  —Frank Allen, Ex-Wall Street Journal writer

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