Environmental journalism in Australia and New Zealand

Newlands, Maxine (2020) Environmental journalism in Australia and New Zealand. In: Sachsman, David, and Valenti, JoAnn M, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Environmental Journalism. Routledge, New York. (In Press)

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[Extract:] Australian and New Zealand environmental journalism differs over the political will to address climate change. While Australia’s conservative Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, famously held up a large lump of coal up in parliament – declaring don’t be afraid, don’t be scared, it won’t hurt you…It’s coal! (Hamilton, 2017). Across the ditch in New Zealand, Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asserts climate change “is the challenge that defines my generation…my generation’s nuclear free moment” (Trevett, 2017). The political shenanigans that are Australia’s climate policy means journalists, and especially environmental journalists, need a strong working knowledge of both the environmental and political landscapes. While New Zealand increasingly engages in the indigenous and Pacific practice of ‘talanoa journalism’ (talking together to find solutions), Australia remains nostalgic for the era of coal.

Item ID: 59073
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: Australia; New Zealand; environmental; journalism; politics
Copyright Information: © Taylor & Francis 2020
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2019 00:08
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified @ 60%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 40%
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