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Introduction

Environmental journalism
ByDavid B. Sachsman, JoAnn Myer Valenti

The environment is one of today’s key public and political issues. The increasing numbers of media platforms are the major providers of indispensable information about the natural world and environmental risk. Despite the dramatic changes in the news industry that have tended to reduce the number of full-time newspaper reporters, environmental journalists remain key to bringing stories to light across the globe. These beat specialists know the sources essential to verifying claims and have the skills needed to translate difficult science to the public. As younger journalists move into this specialized arena and as the complexity of environmental issues increases, the experience and knowledge of veteran reporters and environmental and science communication scholars become increasingly invaluable. The aim of this handbook is to provide a thorough understanding of environmental journalism around the world, as well as background and support for today’s environment reporters, the providers of essential news in the 21st century.