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10+ Ways to Improve Environmental Journalism
by Ron Mader

JOURNALISM WIKI

Good news is on the way.
- News Notebook

environmental journalism

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What a change a few years make!

Sustainability is sexy. Environmental issues are front and center for much of the world. People actually care about biodiversity and climate change in ways that were unheard of a few years ago.

The question is ... how engaged are we in pushing the envelope of environmental awareness, research and action? Are we active participants in making our lives more sustainable?

There is no better way to understand the world than by being environmentally aware and active.

Environmental journalism is doing quite well but readers need to know where to look. While there are a number of environmental reporting websites, there are no comprehensive search engines or wikis that showcase the best in global environmental reporting. Books available in Australia in New Zealand are not easily found in the USA. Likewise there is a lag in getting books across the Atlantic.

PRACTICAL TIPS

1) Readers who respect environmental reporting need to write letters or emails to the editor and use the Web 2.0 toolbox to tag, fave, blog, whatever the option is to show their support of the coverage. This needs to be done now!

2) Readers passionate about environmental issues need to become reporters, citizen journalism, informing us of the news.

3) Publishers committed to environmental reporting need to feature the coverage on the front page or the home page, not buried on page 35 or three links down on a website.

4) Donors wishing to support environmental journalism workshops need to ask whether the training they finance anwers the needs of the reporters. There is a great deal of 'philanthropic' work that does not stick simply because it is not requested.

5) All conferences, trade shows and 'events' should be evaluated in terms of their eco-, people- and place-friendliness.

6) Environmental events and environmental journalism conferences need to be leaders in using online forums and conferences to proceed and follow-up the events in the natural world.

7) More inclusive, rather than exclusive meetings.

8) More Flickrmeets! More BarCamps. More Fringe meetings. Be creative and find ways to connect the natural and virtual worlds.

ACTION PLANS

1) Edit Wikipedia's entry on environmental journalism and environmental subjects.

2) Develop environmental features on the Planeta Wikispace.

3) Contribute to Flickr's environmental photography groups.

FEATURES

g Environmental Reporting
g Fair Trade in Travel Writing and Photography
g Sustainable Development Report
g Green Events

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g Árboles Históricos y Notables de la Ciudad de Oaxaca
g CJ
b Árboles de Oaxaca
b World Climate Group
b World Science Group
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WIKI

g Healing the Disconnect: An Overview of Ecotourism Reporting
g Hyperlocal
g Journalism
g Toward Effective Communication
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