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1 Sexing up environmental issues: exploring media eco-ethics, advocacy and journalism in a South African context Dr Nicola Jones Media & Cultural Studies University of KwaZulu-Natal

2 Bagginis problem of knowledge:Bagginis 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:Challenges faced by journalists: Lack of training Unsupportive editors Limited access to information and interviewees Environment beat considered a lower order genre Jargon alienating readers from climate change stories

4 Facing up to reality:Facing up to reality: Conflicting moral ideals and marketplace realities Do we need to make climate change stories sexy?

5 Exploring ethics for environment and climate change reporters in South Africa: Getting it right Textbook versus frontier science Evidence The scientific method Uncertainty Balance Risks with benefits

6 Caring and advocacy journalism:Caring and advocacy journalism: What happens when you dont want to remove yourself from a story?


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