Presentation on theme: "Understanding and interpreting environmental information is an important first step in making positive, creative change towards sustainability. Unlike."— Presentation transcript:
Understanding and interpreting environmental information is an important first step in making positive, creative change towards sustainability. Unlike a few years ago, we are now confronted with a tsunami of information on virtually every topic AN INFORMATION TSUNAMI
Purpose This assignment will: a) help you master the skills and techniques of information retrieval, and b) evaluate the quality and usefulness of the information you collect. It will also acquaint you with the APA citation style.
Topic Any environmental issue that has a sustainable development or environmental policy dimension. You may choose a tourism topic, but the environmental dimension of your topic must be obvious. Don’t be too narrow or too broad!
Task Part 1 Identify what sources of information are available to thoroughly investigate the topic List a selection of scholarly and non- scholarly information sources on the topic
Task Part 2 Compare how your selected issue is treated in popular media and the academic / scholarly literature by answering a series of questions.
Award-winning Niagara-based journalist since 1978 Niagara This Week column covered a range of environmental, social and political issues at the local, provincial and national level Environmental reporter for the St. Catharines Standard Editor of Niagara at Large
DOUG DRAPER That journalism is a public trust that plays a vital role in providing citizens with the information they need to participate effectively in discussions and decisions that shape the future of their community.
DOUG DRAPER That journalists can only fulfill their potential as honest brokers of information and watchdogs for their community if their work is not compromised by the pecuniary interests of corporate chains.
DOUG DRAPER That independent sources of news, owned and operated by people who have roots in our communities and therefore share a greater stake in their well-being, are truer guardians of the public trust than distant corporate owners and their shareholders.
DOUG DRAPER That residents of the greater Niagara region would welcome a news source with an eye to covering events and issues of interest and concern to the entire region.