Participatory politics, environmental journalism and newspaper campaigns

Howarth, Anita (2013) Participatory politics, environmental journalism and newspaper campaigns. In: Bodker, Henrik and Nervala, Irene, (eds.) Environmental journalism. London, U.K. : Routledge. (Journalism Studies, no. 160) ISBN 9780415827492

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This article explores the extent to which approaches to participatory politics might offer a more useful alternative to understanding the role of environmental journalism in a society where the old certainties have collapsed, only to be replaced by acute uncertainty. This uncertainty not only generates acute public anxiety about risks, it has also undermined confidence in the validity of long-standing premises about the ideal role of the media in society and journalistic professionalism. The consequence, this article argues, is that aspirations of objective reportage are outdated and ill-equipped to deal with many of the new risk stories environmental journalism covers. It is not a redrawing of boundaries that is needed but a wholesale relocation of our frameworks into approaches better suited to the socio-political conditions and uncertainties of late modernity. The exploration of participatory approaches is an attempt to suggest one way this might be done.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: environment, journalism, newspaper campaigns, risk, objective-impartial journalism
Research Area: Communication, cultural and media studies
Politics and international studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Economics, History and Politics (from November 2012)
Depositing User: Anita Howarth
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2013 13:11
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 15:31

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