I am currently writing my thesis for my MA in International Journalism. While I was home in Kenya doing research for my radio documentary (on the latest carbon miles debate and how this and issues of climate change are affecting the Kenyan flower industry), I found that the media doesn’t give climate change much coverage.
So for the written part of my thesis (6000 word journalistic essay), I am looking at why this is the case. I find it interesting that the poorer nations will be worst hit by climate change if it gets out of hand, yet people in those countries won’t know why or how this is happening, because they aren’t being informed. So why is this? Is climate change too scientific and technical that editors don’t understand it, hence they trivialize the issue? What about news values…do politics stories sell more than science? Why? Why aren’t the science journalists in Kenya getting the stories to the people who need to hear them? Lack of training?
I’ve been in contact with some of you already who have provided me with some very useful resources. If anyone else has any thoughts, information, ideas or resources on this topic, I’d appreciate your contribution very much. Please feel free to start a discussion, and/or e-mail me at email@example.com - Thank you!