This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. The essays examine this specialisation of journalism both historically and in the present. Underlying almost all the essays is the changing nature of media in the region and the dilemmas facing environmental journalists writing on a subject that is a new entrant to the field of journalism. The essays cover the topic both in a detailed and serious manner, and at the same time the varied background of the writers ensures that there is a wide range of realities and experiences from the field.
This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. A must-read for all.
Keya Acharya is an independent journalist and researcher, who has been writing exclusively on environment and development for many years and has various national and international publications to her credit. She also teaches development journalism and development issues to media students in Bangalore, where she is based and has conducted several media training workshops. Keya has travelled extensively in the course of her journalism assignments, reporting from various countries on subjects as diverse as solid and hazardous wastes, to human rights, corruption, forestry and wildlife, climate change, agribiotech and others. Frederick Noronha is a Goa-based journalist and the founder of the India-EJ, the environmental journalists' cyber-network that links those writing on green issues across India. His works focus on developmental themes and he recently launched an alternative book publishing venture, Goa, 1556 http://goa1556.goa-india.org. He is known for his work on Right to Information issues (including in unearthing the frequent-but unnoticed crashes of Sea Harrier planes of the Indian Navy), and effectively linking campaigners who worked on a long and successful drive to launch community radio in India.