Environmental reporting, and interest in
environmental reporting, appears to be on the wane, reports Discover
's Keith Kloor.
Kloor observes that not only has concern for the environment among the world's citizenry declined in recent years, so too has reporting on the Earth's condition, as evidenced by the New York Times shuttering
its "environmental desk" (as well as this
peek at Google trends).
So what gives? Kloor thinks it's got something to do with enviro-reporting's "perception problem." Namely the perception that journalists on the nature beat have a feral dog in the fight. He quotes veteran environmental reporter Bud Ward, who tackles the charge that folks such as him are "greens with press passes":
Reporters covering the environmental beat often are seen not as environmental reporters but as environmentalist reporters. This perception has become an occupational hazard. Especially frustrating to many is that this view often persists in the newsroom itself, not just outside of it. Being labeled a 'green reporter' by a newsroom colleague is for many an insult.
Kloor adds that the "gloom and doom" narrative of environment-related reporting doesn't help:
"Might this endless (and often simplistic) tragic narrative be wearing out the public and wearing thin in newsrooms?"