Presentation on theme: "Dr Nicola Jones Media & Cultural Studies University of KwaZulu-Natal"— Presentation transcript:
1 Dr Nicola Jones Media & Cultural Studies University of KwaZulu-Natal “Sexing up” environmental issues: exploring media eco-ethics, advocacy and journalism in a South African contextDr Nicola JonesMedia & Cultural StudiesUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal
2 Baggini’s “problem of knowledge”: “These concerns about truth and knowledge affect the way we read any news story. If we do not believe it is possible for news stories to be true, why should we bother with them at all? The problem, however, is not only one for the non-realists and sceptics. Even if we are not sceptical about the very possibility of truth and knowledge about world events, we still need some way of distinguishing between truth and falsity, knowledge and opinion. And we also need some way of answering those who would view our belief in truth and knowledge as being outmoded, naïve and simplistic” (Baggini, 2002:22).
3 Challenges faced by journalists: Lack of trainingUnsupportive editorsLimited access to information and intervieweesEnvironment beat considered a “lower order” genreJargon alienating readers from climate change stories
4 Facing up to reality:Conflicting moral ideals and marketplace realitiesDo we need to make climate change stories “sexy”?
5 Exploring ethics for environment and climate change reporters in South Africa: Getting it rightTextbook versus frontier scienceEvidenceThe scientific methodUncertaintyBalanceRisks with benefits
6 Caring and advocacy journalism: What happens when you don’t want to remove yourself from a story?