Regional Issues, National Norms: A Four-Region Analysis of U.S. Environment Reporters

TitleRegional Issues, National Norms: A Four-Region Analysis of U.S. Environment Reporters
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSachsman, DB, Simon, J, Valentin, JAM
JournalScience Communication
Volume28
Issue1
Pagination93-121
Date Published2006
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
KeywordsCOMMUNICATION , ECOLOGY , environment , ENVIRONMENTAL , ENVIRONMENTALISM , Feature , JOURNALISM , JOURNALISTIC , JOURNALISTS , Mass , NEWSPAPERS , Reporters , RISK , TELEVISION , United
AbstractDoes a national norm exist for environment reporters, or do they differ by region? This study used a census approach to examine environmental journalists in four regions of the United States. Across all four regions, these reporters spent much of their time covering nonenvironment stories. They relied more often on local and state sources than on national sources and used a variety of story frames and angles to construct their reporting. In discussing barriers to reporting, they were more likely to cite such issues as time constraints or the size of the news hole rather than interference by editors or advertisers. Most felt the need to remain objective, rejecting calls for advocacy or a civic-journalism approach. The study found more similarities across the regions than differences, suggesting that there is a national norm for covering the environment. 
NotesSachsman, David B. 1; Email Address: david-sachsman@utc.edu Simon, James 2 Valentin, JoAnn M.; Affiliation: 1: University o Tennessee at Chattanooga 2: Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut; Source Info: Sep2006, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p93; Subject Term: MASS media & the environment; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTALISM; Subject Term: JOURNALISTIC ethics; Subject Term: JOURNALISM -- Authorship; Subject Term: REPORTERS & reporting; Subject Term: FEATURE writing; Subject Term: ECOLOGY; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL impact analysis; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL monitoring; Subject Term: UNITED States; Author-Supplied Keyword: communication; Author-Supplied Keyword: environment; Author-Supplied Keyword: journalists; Author-Supplied Keyword: newspapers; Author-Supplied Keyword: reporters; Author-Supplied Keyword: risk; Author-Supplied Keyword: television; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541620 Environmental Consulting Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 711513 Independent writers and authors; NAICS/Industry Codes: 711510 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers; Number of Pages: 29p; Illustrations: 13 Charts; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1177/1075547006291344

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