Media Meets Climate

The Global Challenge for Journalism
Redaktör(er): Risto Kunelius, Elisabeth Eide

There is no way of not meeting climate change. It reframes our public debates, from shifting global power relations to political participation and individual lifestyle choices. It begs questions about our basic formulas for economics, science and democracy. It is a key theme in thinking about identities and the human condition, making us ask not only “who are we,” but also who the “we” in that question is. Climate change forces states, societies and people to look critically at the political, cultural and material ingredients of our world. For media and journalism, climate change brings up new challenges of coverage. But it also sheds light on the assumptions and distinctions – about facts, representation, and participation – that media and journalism are built on. By meeting climate change, globalizing journalism also meets itself.

Media Meets Climate looks at these crucial 21st century questions through studying global coverage of the United Nations climate change summits. Building on global research from the MediaClimate Network the book offers transnational analyses of how climate change is mediated.

Media Meets Climate looks into the broad structures of global climate coverage. Who or what dominates global news flows? How is the future imagined? It tackles crucial professional issues facing climate journalists. What is the role of journalistic advocacy? How is science represented? Are social media redefining journalism-source relations? It asks questions about the media’s role in global representation and misrepresentation of climate change and actors. How is climate change visualized? What role is played by gender? How are activists framed in the media? How are indigenous people covered?


Preface. Transnational Media Events, Vol II.
Elisabeth Eide, Risto Kunelius
Part I Global Discourses
Varieties of Realism. Durban Editorials and the Discursive Landscape of Global Climate Politics
Risto Kunelius
Ups and Downs from Cape to Cairo. The Journalistic Practice of Climate Change in Africa
Ibrahim Saleh
News Flows, Global Journalism and Climate Summits
Hillel Nossek, Risto Kunelius
Saving the Rain Forest – Differing Perspectives. Norway’s Climate and Forest Initiative and Reporting in Three Countries
Elisabeth Eide
Futures of the Implicated and the Bystander. Comparing Futures Imagined in the Coverage of Climate Summits in Bangladesh and Finland
Ville Kumpu, Mofizur Rhaman
Part II Professional Issues
An Editorial that Shook the World … Global Solidarity vs. Editorial Autonomy
Elisabeth Eide