Journalism and Climate Crisis: Public Engagement, Media Alternatives

1st Edition

Robert A. Hackett, Susan Forde, Shane Gunster, Kerrie Foxwell-Norton

Routledge
Published February 7, 2017
Reference - 206 Pages
ISBN 9781138950399 - CAT# Y206061

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Summary

Journalism and Climate Crisis: Public Engagement, Media Alternatives recognizes that climate change is more than an environmental crisis. It is also a question of political and communicative capacity.

This book enquires into which approaches to journalism, as a particularly important form of public communication, can best enable humanity to productively address climate crisis. The book combines selective overviews of previous research, normative enquiry (what should journalism be doing?) and original empirical case studies of environmental communication and media coverage in Australia and Canada. Bringing together perspectives from the fields of environmental communication and journalism studies, the authors argue for forms of journalism that can encourage public engagement and mobilization to challenge the powerful interests vested in a high-carbon economy – ‘facilitative’ and ‘radical’ roles particularly well-suited to alternative media and alternative journalism. Ultimately, the book argues for a fundamental rethinking of relationships between journalism, publics, democracy and climate crisis.

This book will interest researchers, students and activists in environmental politics, social movements and the media.

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