Covering the Environment: How Journalists Work the Green Beat (Paperback)Robert L. Wyss (author)
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Covering the Environment serves as a primer for future and current journalists reporting on environmental issues across all types of media. This practical resource explains the primary issues in writing on the environment, identifies who to go to and where to find sources, and offers examples on writing and reporting the beat. It also provides background to help environmental journalists identify their audiences and anticipate reactions to environmental news.
This primer emphasizes the role of environmental journalists not as environmental advocates but as reporters attempting to accurately and fairly report the news. Contents include:
An overview and history of the environment and journalism, spotlighting the most significant issues in the beat
Guidance on understanding environmental and health science, ranging from issues of risk, to scientific research and studies, to interviewing scientists
Insights into government and regulatory communities and environmental advocates on all sides of the political spectrum
Assistance in accessing public records and conducting computer-assisted reporting
Guidance in writing the story for print, broadcast and Internet audiences
An examination of the future of journalism and coverage of the environment.
Observations and story excerpts from experienced journalists provide a "real world" component, illuminating the practice of environmental journalism. Additional features in each chapter include study questions, story assignments and resources for additional information. The book also provides a glossary of environmental, science, regulator and journalism terms, as well as a reference section and index.
This resource has been developed to train advanced undergraduate and graduate journalism students to cover the science and environment community, writing print and broadcast stories to a general audience. It also serves as a guide for working journalists who cover the environment in their work.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"In this first textbook on environmental journalism, Bob Wyss does a wonderful job of providing a history of the field, an examination of the coverage of risk and science and useful tips on the major players. He brings in so many of the field's top writers, the book has the feel of a seminar at a conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Covering the Environment: How Journalists Work the Green Beat is clear and accessible for students, yet deep enough to give a good grounding to professionals seeking to move to the environment beat. Bob's case studies are memorable and instructive because they are such well crafted narratives. Anyone who cares about the environment will enjoy reading this book."
Peter B. Lord, Providence Journal
"This is the essential backgrounder for news writing about THE story of the century. Covering the Environment is as valuable in the newsroom as it is in the classroom. It is an extraordinary contribution from an insightful writer."
Bill Kovarik, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, Radford University
"Covering the Environment fills a critical gap in journalism education and training. Bob Wyss has produced a clear and comprehensive overview of environmental reporting, with ample real-world examples to illustrate the techniques needed to report and write complex but compelling stories. This text ought provides an essential primer for newcomers to the field and veterans alike."
Tim Wheeler, Reporter, The Baltimore Sun
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