During the last 30 years mainly due to pressing environmental problems leading to climate change, an increased interest on behalf of the media in environment has been monitored. The wide publicity given to ecological accidents contributed to mobilizing the public and strengthening the environmental movement, making the global environmental protection a key issue.
Covering the “environment beat” requires that journalists have the ability to report on complex and interwoven subjects, from land use policy to laboratory discoveries; energy technologies to natural history; waste management to wilderness travel.
The emphasis of the class is on developing an informed and nuanced approach to reporting and writing environmental stories.
During the semester, you’ll learn about current and emerging environmental topics, but more important you’ll gain hands-on experience in the basics of journalism: deciding what to write about, gathering news, conducting research, investigating, and interviewing.
Throughout this course, working in teams or alone, we will focus on developing the skills unique to the environmental journalist. At the end of the semester we will publish our own newspaper, based on our semester work.
Course Content (Syllabus)
To learn about journalism as a writing activity, as a profession, and as a social force.
To develop an awareness of the history and changing currents of environmental journalism and conservation politics as revealed in the mainstream media.
To encourage students to take a sharper and more alert scrutiny of the world around them.
Additional bibliography for study
Giannakopoulou, H. and Skanavis, C. (2014). Creating Buzz by Using Media to Make School Gardens Communication Happen, Studies in Media and Communication 2(2):36-48
Giannoulis, Ch., Botetzagias I., and Skanavis, C., (2010). Newspaper Reporters’ Priorities and Beliefs about Environmental Journalism: an Application of Q Methodology, Science Communication, 32(4):425-466.
Kostarella, I., Theodosiadou, S. & Tsantopoulos, G. (2013). The coverage of environmental issues by the Greek media from the editors’ perspective. GV - Proceedings in GV - the 1st Global Virtual Conference 1, 399-407.
Skamnakis A., (2016) “Introduction to Environmental Journalism and Communication” in Skamnakis, A., Kenterelidou, C. and Galatsopoulou, F. Environmental Journalism and Communication Zygos, Athens.
Touri, M. (2018) 'Development and Communication in trade relations: new synergies in theory and practice', Development in Practice 28 (3)
Touri, M. (2016) 'Development Communication in Alternative Food Networks: empowering Indian farmers through market relations’ Journal of International Communication, 22(2):209-228 DOI:10.1080/13216597.2016.1175366