Asian journalism education and key challenges of climate change: A preliminary study

  • Crispin Maslog
Keywords: Asia-Pacific, climate change, disaster reporting, environmental education, environmental journalism, environmental disasters, forest fires, journalism education, Small Island Developing States


Commentary: The mass media in the Asia Pacific region are reporting the environmental  disasters that are regularly hitting the planet religiously, and journalists learn as they go along. However, the reporting has focused mainly on the toll in human lives and property. This is disaster reporting and it stops short of contextualising. It does not adequately explain why the environmental disasters are happening more violently and more frequently. Not too many reporters have taken formal courses in environmental journalism. Only a very few schools are offering regular courses, or programmes in science and environmental reporting, as indicated by a mini-survey in July 2016. The vacuum in formal science and environmental education is being filled by non-government organisations offering non-formal training.


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Author Biography

Crispin Maslog

Dr Crispin C. Maslog is a widely published Filipino writer, editor, and he has been a professor of communication for five decades. He is currently chair of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), the organisation he was a co-founder of in 1970 under the auspices of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. 


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How to Cite
Maslog, C. (2017). Asian journalism education and key challenges of climate change: A preliminary study. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 23(1), 32-42.