Environment Reporters in the 21st Century is the story of a relatively new journalistic beat, environmental reporting. This book explores the development of the environmental beat as a specialty during the last thirty years. It also discusses broader trends within American journalism resulting from technological changes that challenge traditional mediums, especially newspapers and magazines.
The book is divided into three parts. The first reviews the literature and explains the methodology. The second describes the results of the authors' research. The third provides in-depth accounts of environment reporters at work. A final chapter puts the research in historical perspective, viewing it in terms of the economic decline of the newspaper business and of local television news.
Journalists mediate a constant struggle among thousands of environmental activists, corporate public relations people, government officials, and scientists to shape environmental reporting. This volume tells the story of environmental reporting imaginatively and innovatively.
David B. Sachsman is West Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is the author of numerous works including The Reporter's Environmental Handbook and Environmental Risk and the Press. James Simon is chair and professor of English at Fairfield University and directs his school's journalism program. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications that have appeared in Science Communication and Public Understanding of Science. JoAnn Myer Valenti is an Emerita Professor of Communications. She is the author of Developing Protocol for Ethical Communication in Environmental News Coverage and she is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.