Cities are dynamic hubs of physical, social and economic actions and interactions, with fast changing environments, adapting to, for example dense housing that integrates well with surroundings, increasing demand for safe and clean energy, green open spaces, water efficiency, carbon efficient transport, amongst others. Relevant and current information fosters an understanding of environmental trends and patterns that can inform sustainability actions in government, businesses and households. Environmental journalism collects, processes, packages and distributes information to keep people informed about current environmental affairs.
Journalists engage with a variety of stakeholders from citizens to policy makers to obtain information about their topic of interest. They can travel to sites of interest, returning to office environments or research centres to obtain further insight and to develop stories.
Journalists require a comprehensive understanding of physical and digital media production and communication and the ability to quickly develop clear, concise and objective content. They will also benefit from:
Collect information through research, interviews and other investigation methods
Fact-check, analyse and verify information for accuracy
Write and assemble material for publication
Liaise and network with stakeholders of interest
B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A. in Journalism at RU, SU, UFS, UJ and Wits
B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A. in Media Studies at NMU, UCT, UKZN, UL, UNISA and Univen
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Journalism at CPUT, DUT, TUT and WSU
National, provincial and local government.
Newspaper and magazine houses.
Radio and television studios.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private consultancies.