chapter  2
14 Pages

Studying Specialized Environment Reporters 1

ByDavid B. Sachsman, James Simon, JoAnn Myer Valenti

In the 1960s and 1970s, environment reporting often was a province of the science beat. Twenty years later, when the Society of Environmental Journalists was created, environment reporters came with a variety of different backgrounds, and environmental stories often were also government stories, science stories, health stories, and even business stories. In the 1960s and 1970s, environment reporting often was a province of the science beat. Other self-identified environment reporters spend most of their time covering a variety of issues and switch to the environment when there is breaking news on the topic. Morris believes that many journalists "take courses in the natural sciences and physical sciences," pointing to "specialized journalism programs sponsored by various foundations at universities across the country." The chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book.