Environmental Media

An environmental journalist doesn’t have much value if they don’t have any outlets to publish their work. Environmental stories can appear in a variety of publications, and the internet has allowed for stories to reach people more easily. As an environmental journalist, you are not strictly relegated to the written word. You can utilize a variety of media types, including television and radio.

Environmental journalism positions at newspapers are on the decline. In 2013, the New York Times ended their environment desk and it was reported that the top five newspapers in the United States only had a dozen environmental reporters left. Newspapers with active environment sections included The Guardian, The Independent and The Washington Post.

There are many notable magazines with a scientific focus, which can be helpful as an environmental journalist wanting to find an interested audience. Magazines that cover environmental issues extensively include National Geographic, Scientific American and New Scientist.

Television networks which cover environmental topics in their news include NBC and ABC. CNN and Fox News each have environmental sections on their websites as well. For radio, NPR has an environmental section and Michigan Radio has the Environment Report, hosted by Rebecca Williams.

The internet offers the greatest range of freedom from environmental journalists, both in terms of ability to publish content and ways to do it. Written articles are published on websites such as the Environmental News Network (ENN), RealClimate and Mother Nature Network (MNN). There are also podcasts regarding the environment such as Living Planet and the Global Energy and Environmental Law Podcast.

 

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Career in Environmental Journalism