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Title:Journalism and climate change in Africa
Editors:Wasserman, HermanISNI
Rao, ShakuntalaISNI
Periodical:Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (ISSN 0256-0054)
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:climate change
Abstract:Especially in Africa, the continent that is 'least responsible, most affected, least informed', the media's role in contributing to public understanding of climate change is crucial. On the eve of the 17th UN Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Durban, South Africa, the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, supported by UNESCO, hosted a colloquium on 'Journalism and Climate Change in the Global South' as part of the 15th Highway Africa conference, held in Cape Town. Selected papers presented at that colloquium are published in this special themed issue. By and large, the evaluation of the media that emerges is not a positive one. In their research, the authors often established that the media do not pay sufficient attention to climate change, that journalists do not fully understand the science behind climate change or that they are unable to communicate that science effectively, and that media often fail to keep climate change on the news agenda long enough to inform opinion. Articles: The case for 'green pen journalism' in an age of globalisation and liberalisation (Shakuntala Rao) - Systemic challenges to reporting complexity in journalism: HIV/AIDS and climate change in Africa (Alan Finlay) - 'Sexing up' environmental issues: exploring media eco-ethics, advocacy and journalism in a South African context (Nicola Jones) - Blogging and tweeting climate change in South Africa (Tanja Bosch) - Climate change and the possibility of 'slow journalism' (Harold Gess). Notes and queries: Coverage cop-out: global media analysis points to a lack of climate change coverage (Wadim Schreiner and Johan Bosman). [ASC Leiden abstract]