Finding Stories

Environmental journalism covers a wide spectrum of topics. As long as it happens on Earth and doesn’t involve humans, you can call it environmental journalism. That said, there are a lot of environmental issues that involve or are caused by humans. However, this is different than journalism which is solely human-focused, such as political or sports journalism. In environmental journalism stories, humans are the start, but there is very rarely a finish.

In order to find interesting topics as an environmental journalist, you need to be informed about the environment and pay attention to your surroundings. For instance, if a certain type of bird used to populate your neighborhood in past springs but is now absent, you could write about that. You would need to contact a professional (in this case an ornithologist) and ask if there has been any research done into habits such as migration patterns of this particular species of bird. If there hasn’t, they might be prompted to launch a study which you could then use as a source for your own story.

Otherwise, you should keep in touch with your sources and maintain a strong relationship with them. Make sure you represent them and their findings well and don’t misquote them. If they make particularly revelatory findings, they will want to share them with the press. If they know and trust you well enough, you could become their go-to journalist.

 

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Career in Environmental Journalism