chapter  8
16 Pages

Environment Reporters in a Time of Change

ByDavid B. Sachsman, James Simon, JoAnn Myer Valenti

In the first decade of the 21st century, most of the best environment reporters worked for daily newspapers. Were the first five years of the 21st century a golden age of environmental reporting, given the cutbacks already occurring? Local television stations also have been in economic decline, but since they rarely supported environment reporters before the decline, there may be little change in local TV environmental reporting in the next few years. And some environment reporters were moving on to other aspects of the information business, including the Internet, a trend that would increase as layoffs increased. Journalists who covered environmental issues had a number of different job titles and these reporters spent an average of 43.0 percent of their time on environmental news. Environmental journalism will survive as long as people want public affairs information on the environment and the world around them, but the form of delivery may be very different.