China's Environment and China's Environment Journalists

A Study

Hugo de Burgh and Zeng Rong

China's Environment and China's Environment Journalists
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Hugo de Burgh and Zeng Rong

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103 pages | 15 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $35.50 ISBN: 9781841504698 Published March 2012
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841507415 Published August 2013
Environmental issues are of growing concern in China, with numerous initiatives aimed at encouraging dialogue and increasing awareness. And key to these initiatives is the environmental journalist. The first English-language study of this burgeoning field, this book investigates Chinese environmental journalists—their methodologies, their attitudes toward the environment, and their views on the significance of their work—and concludes that most respond enthusiastically to government promptings to report on the environment and climate change. Additional chapters demonstrate journalists’ impact in helping to shape governmental decision making.

Chapter 1: Contents
    Origins of this book
    China’s media today
    Method and acknowledgments
Chapter 2: China’s Environmental Governance
    Environmental issues: Overview
    The system of managing the Chinese environment
    Principles of environmental governance
    The localisation of power
    Citizen involvement with compliance
    Effects of the Internet
    NGOS and what journalists think of them
    The influence of globalisation
    The rule of law
    The right to know
    External assessments
Chapter 3: Findings
    Reporting the environment: the current situation
    What are the deficiencies in reporting?
    Range of stories and main themes
    How reporters work
    Media influence on environmental issues
    Stories unpublished and what they tell us
    Whence do journalists get their stories?
    Obstacles to reporting and publication
    Reporters’ solutions
    Recent developments
Chapter 4: Illustrative Cases
    The South China Sea
    Xin’an area water resource development
    The Round Bright Garden
    The Tiger Leaping Gorge
    The Tibetan antelope
    Canton’s ambient haze
    The Songhua River story
    The Xiamen chemical factory
    The Nu River
    The Three Gorges Dam (Dai, 1989: 6)
    The Sanlu milk powder case
    Lake Tai and Mr Wu Lihong
Chapter 5: Recommendations
    Policy-makers and lobbyists in the environmental field
    Environmental awareness among media managers
    Decision makers in the Chinese media community
    Developing competencies in-house
    Media departments in educational establishments
    Relevant Chinese authorities
    International media development actors
Chapter 6: Conclusion

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