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What Is Sustainable Journalism?

Integrating the Environmental, Social, and Economic Challenges of Journalism

Edited By Peter Berglez, Ulrika Olausson and Mart Ots

This edited volume, which elaborates on the idea and concept of sustainable journalism, is the result of a perceived lack of integral research approaches to journalism and sustainable development. Thirty years ago, in 1987, the Brundtland Report pointed out economic growth, social equality and environmental protection as the three main pillars of a sustainable development. These pillars are intertwined, interdependent, and need to be reconciled. However, usually, scholars interested in the business crisis of the media industry tend to leave the social and environmental dimensions of journalism aside, and vice versa. What Is Sustainable Journalism? is the first book that discusses and examines the economic, social and environmental challenges of professional journalism simultaneously. This unique book and fresh contribution to the discussion of the future of journalism assembles international expertise in all three fields, arguing for the necessity of integral research perspectives and for sustainable journalism as the key to long-term survival of professional journalism. The book is relevant for scholars and master’s students in media economy, media and communication, and environmental communication.


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368 | authors Maxwell Boykoff is a fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Envi- ronmental sciences (CIRES) as well as Associate Professor in Environmen- tal Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His research and creative work focuses on cultural politics and environmental governance, creative climate communications, science-policy interactions, disaster risk reduc- tion, and climate adaptation. Through connected projects and collabora- tions, his research examines how climate science and policy find meaning in people’s everyday lives, as well as how this, in turn, feeds back into science and policy decision-making. He earned a PhD in environmental studies (with a notation in sociology) from the University of California-Santa Cruz in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences in psychology from Ohio State University (1995). James Breiner is a bilingual consultant (English-Spanish) on digital journalism and newsroom leadership with three decades of experience on the editorial and business sides of newspapers. His specialty is entrepreneurial journalism, or new financial models for digital media. He is a visiting professor in the Faculty of Communication at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. He launched and directed the Center for Digital Journalism at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He has done consulting work for the Poynter Insti- tute, Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, International Center for Journalists, and American City Business Journals. His articles on Newsentre- have been republished in Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Michael Brüggemann is Professor of Communication Research, Climate and Science Communication at the University of Hamburg...

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