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An Introduction to Environmental Journalism
Nature and Environment
Michael Frome, who began his distinguished career in environmental journalism in the 1960s, has been called the dean of American conservation. As former Senator Gaylord Nelson once told the members of Congress, "No writer in America has more persistently and effectively argued for the need of a national ethics of environmental stewardship."
In Green Ink: An Introduction to Environmental Journalism, Frome has forged decades of experience in the field he helped pioneer into a valuable primer for environmental advocates and writers. This appealing blend of anecdote, advice, personal testimony, and a nuts and bolts instruction offers a thorough survey of rewards and challenges that environmental studies students might expect to encounter on along their chosen career paths. In addition to the extraordinary contributions made by "marquis" names such as Rachel Carson and Bernard DeVoto, Frome recounts the remarkable stories of a host of other writer-advocates and their largely unsung roles in investigating and publicizing environmental problems and abuses.
Table of Contents:
PART ONE: A Calling of Conscience and Advocacy
1. Facing the Downside in the Media's Message
2. On the Upside, the Positive "Power of the Press"
3. It's More than Reporting and Writing, but a Way of Living
4. There is No Dispassionate Objectivity
5. Beyond Objectivity, Passion Counts
6. Be Literate, and a Risk Taker, Too
7. When Journalists Speak Truth to Power
PART TWO: Lessons from a Career of Commitment
8. You Can't Make a Omelet without Breaking Eggs
9. Findings Hope in the Classroom
10. The Story That Evolved into a Career
11. History and Ethics Help to "Write Whole"
PART THREE: The Green-Ink Primer
12. Take One Step at a Time
13. Stories Are Where You Find Them
14. Conducting Interviews and Investigations
15. The Essential Computer
16. How to Ask the Science Questions
17. Freelancers Rise Early (or Stay Up Late)
18. Coming Opportunity in Alternative Media
19. Building a Career—Everybody Comes in Somewhere
20. Toward The Green Tomorrow
Suggested Reading List
Praise and Reviews:
“Offers practical tools and advice for aspiring environmental journalists and for teachers of environmental journalism and journalism in general.”
“Goes beyond the old adage warning against the danger of getting in in your blood. Provides both the rationale and method for allowing your blood to run green. Frome’s best advice allows the environmental journalist (or any journalist, for that matter) to escape the artificial bounds of objectivity.”
“An informative, inspiring overview of the field. The strength of the book is its theoretical introduction to “green ink”; however, it also includes practical hints on interviewing, developing sources, and conducting research. A useful reference for undergraduate journalism collections, and an informative and inspiring book for undergraduate environmental studies collections.”
“It’s like sitting down with a good friend, and learning their down deep feelings on the subject of environmental journalism. Worth the effort.”
“A bugle call.”
“Equal parts anecdote, advice, personal testimony, and nuts-and-bolts instruction. The author writes with passion about advocacy journalism in regard to the environment.”
—Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment