The Delcine of Enviromental Journalism

A report from the U.S. bureau of labor statistics in 2012, has shown a 40% decline in the newspaper industry from 2001-2011. An article by Josh Galperin, the associate Director at Yale Center for Environment Law and Policy predicts that the vulnerability in the market could expose a weaker field of journalism such as Environment, to the heat of the proverbial back-burner. Galperin, elaborates The New York Times, dismissal of its environmental office as well as evidence towards a waning magnitude of priority in contemporary news. However observing trends in the changing market works on two spectrums. Digital media’s prevalence has led project’s like Boulder Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism to successfully “enrich public understanding of environmental issues by elevating the quality, range, and depth of coverage by journalists.” Micro-sized operations gain speed in the new digital ocean, as the CEJ has done for example; their student submissions going as far as being published in magazines like Times, and National Geographic. Moreover the emerging field of environmental journalism gains traction as schools like Columbia and Boston University offer specialized programs for the field.



One thought on “The Delcine of Enviromental Journalism

  1. davinadhani March 3, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    While I am not surprised that journalism is declining, I am surprised that environmental journalism is declining in particular. Recently it seems like environmentalism and being “green” have become larger cultural concerns, but I guess that these trends have not directly impacted the environmental journalism industry. It does make sense though. If journalism is struggling so much as an industry, it would make sense for smaller genres to struggle as well. The Green Movement still seems to be thriving in the world of physical consumerism. It seems that environmental journalism may be struggling, while environmental public relations is growing because of the notion of ethical consumerism. Either way, I’m interested to see how long these trends last.


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