ERIC Number: ED441265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Environmental Journalism and Environmental Communication Education: Identifying an Educational Model.
Casey, William E.
News coverage of the environment has been the subject of intense scrutiny for some 25 years. Content analyses have suggested that environmental coverage is plagued by omission of important information in areas of economics, health, safety, and consumer concerns. Surveys of reporters show high levels of frustration and dissatisfaction with their output. And universities are being blamed by editors, publishers, and corporate giants for providing irrelevant education and delivering incompetent products. Few journalists are trained in the philosophy, history, economics, and natural sciences necessary to fully comprehend the subject. New solutions for the teaching of environmental communication are needed. The problem is that an educational construct for environmental journalism and communication has not yet been identified. This research identifies and presents such an educational model via a comprehensive evaluation of the literature and an in-depth analysis of the few undergraduate programs nationwide currently offering specializations in the environmental communication fields. (Contains 31 references. Appendixes list individual school program courses; a list of courses and their sources in six general areas of study; the classification scheme/program content model; the literature review content model/general topics; and profiles of the eight programs examined.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Note: M.A. Thesis, University of Nevada, Reno.