chapter  3
20 Pages

The Environment Reporters 1

ByDavid B. Sachsman, James Simon, JoAnn Myer Valenti

This chapter shows that environment reporters working at daily newspapers and television stations share many individual characteristics and media usage patterns with US journalists in general. The US journalists earned a median $43,588 in 2002; no breakdown by income group was published. The two groups were particularly similar in age, years in journalism, and gender. And there were more similarities than differences in religion, importance of religion, ethnicity, political affiliation, and education. The differences that exist between some environment reporters and US journalists in general may be related to differences that do exist in their college education. A slightly higher percentage of US journalists than environment reporters said they considered religion to very important to them, while the percentages saying religion was somewhat important were almost identical. Daily newspapers are far more likely than television stations to have an environment reporter and newspapers with larger circulations are most likely to have environment reporters and have more than one environment reporter.