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Engaged journalism and climate change: lessons from an audience-led, locally focused Australian collaboration


Nettlefold, J and Pecl, GT, Engaged journalism and climate change: lessons from an audience-led, locally focused Australian collaboration, Journalism Practice, 16, (1) pp. 19-34. ISSN 1751-2786 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/17512786.2020.1798272


Strengthening media coverage of climate change is a top news and societal priority. The magnitude and impact of global warming and rising sea levels is challenging to communicate, and to comprehend, at global and local scales. Media efforts are frustrated by a myriad of factors, including increased audience reliance on social media for news and information and how that can be compromised by brevity or misinformation. Scientific complexity, and political and cultural conflict, along with psychological factors also shape how people engage with climate issues. The situation is exacerbated by a dramatic decline in the number of print and TV local news outlets and loss of journalism jobs, and rising consumer news avoidance and public distaste for negative coverage. Curious Climate is an engaged journalism experiment by Australia’s public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), in collaboration with scientific organisations in the island state of Tasmania. The ABC asked the public for climate change questions which were answered with content and events led by scientists. Survey data from audiences and journalists contributes empirical evidence on how such new approaches to audience-led local journalism can deliver relevant local news, expand audiences, and provide trusted, relevant sources of information on complex issues.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, engaged journalism, Hearken, local journalism, participatory journalism, science communication
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Nettlefold, J (Dr Jocelyn Nettlefold)
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:140390
Year Published:2022 (online first 2020)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-08-13
Last Modified:2022-09-01
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