Exegesis: This exegesis is based on the production of three features that explore local impacts of climate change. The features are part of a journalism research project that investigated the question: how can journalistic practice generate an accurate, balanced account of climate change issues in Australia? The journalist rejects an approach that positions environmental reporting—or the ‘green beat’—as a form of advocacy journalism. In contrast, the researcher positions her journalism practice within mainstream Australian journalism. The researcher sets out to produce reports, which adhere to the conventional journalism norms, including those of ‘balance’ and ‘accuracy’. She explicitly critiques and rejects the phenomenon known as ‘balance as bias’, explored by Boykoff and Boycoff (2004) which, by over accessing climate sceptic sources, obstructs the reporting of climate change as an important economic, social, political and environmental issue. This exegesis explains and defends a different approach that focuses on local reporting rather than large-scale events in distant places. Robert Entman’s definition of framing is used to explain how climate change issues were addressed in each narrative.
Fitzgerald, B. (2013). FRONTLINE: Climate change reporting in an Australian context: Recognition, adaptation and solutions. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 19(1), 203-219. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v19i1.246
Pacific Journalism Review is collaborating with IKAT: The Indonesian Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, published by the Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for special joint editions on media, climate change and maritime disasters in July 2018.