This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. The essays examine this specialization of journalism both historically and in the present.
Chapter 1: Environment Stories, among the Most Challenging
Environment Stories, among the Most Challenging
They are about issues that most people do not think are important. Often they do not directly impact peoples lives and so nobody sees the environment as their responsibility. Consequently, people have an ostrichlike attitude to issues till they are too big to ignore. Once they are out of control and are reported on, both the people who report them as well as the issues themselves are considered as problems. To make matters worse, what is reported is sometimes far from the reality. And the icing on the cake—till very recently environment reporting was considered a niche area of journalism not worth pursuing.
No Icing, Just Bread and Butter
Though lots of factors contribute to a ...