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What Is Sustainable Journalism?

Integrating the Environmental, Social, and Economic Challenges of Journalism

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.

Peter Berglez is Professor of Media and Communications at Jönköping University. Berglez’s research has been published in journals such as Journalism Studies, Media, Culture & Society and Environmental Communication, and he is the author of the book Global Journalism: Theory and Practice.

Ulrika Olausson is Professor of Media and Communications at Jönköping University. Olausson’s research centers on journalism in legacy and social media with a particular interest in global environmental risks. Her research has been widely published in internationally renowned journals and edited collections.

Mart Ots is Associate Professor of Business Administration at Jönköping University. He is director of the Media Management and Transformation Centre at Jönköping International Business School, expert advisor on issues of media regulation, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Media Business Studies. His work on media policy and professional practices in the area of marketing and communications has been published in books and journals such as European Journal of Marketing and Journal of Advertising Research.