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The Green Pen
Environmental Journalism in India and South Asia

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January 2010 | 324 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. The essays examine this specialisation of journalism both historically and in the present. Underlying almost all the essays is the changing nature of media in the region and the dilemmas facing environmental journalists writing on a subject that is a new entrant to the field of journalism. The essays cover the topic both in a detailed and serious manner, and at the same time the varied background of the writers ensures that there is a wide range of realities and experiences from the field.

This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. A must-read for all.

Frederick Noronha and Keya Acharya
Preface
Darryl D'Monte
Foreword
 
PART ONE: ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING
Lyla Bavadam
Environment Stories, Among the Most Challenging
 
No icing, just bread and butter
Kunda Dixit
This Separate Category
Richard Mahapatra
Environmental Journalism at the Time of Economic Liberalisation
Gopikrishna Warrier
Environmental Journalism since Economic Liberalization
Sunita Narain
The Most Serious News
Keya Acharya
Writing About the Birds and the Bees
Sudhirendar Sharma
My Words, It's Still Fun!
Kazu Ahmed
Problems Of Aesthetics And Misplaced Altruism: Media And Environment
Kalpana Sharma
Good Journalism, That's All
Devinder Sharma
Media is No Longer the Fourth Estate
Dionne Bunsha
Lost in the Smog
Frederick Noronha
Tourism and Beyond, does Environmental Journalism Matter?
Ahmed Zaki Nafiz
Environment Journalism, Maldivian Style
Beena Sarwar
Uphill and Downstream in Pakistan
 
PART TWO: SCIENCE, HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Pallava Bagla
Good Science, Environment Journalism and the Barriers to It!
Patralekha Chatterjee
Environment, Exotic Diseases and the Media: Emerging Issues
 
PART THREE: WILDLIFE JOURNALISM
Nirmal Ghosh
At the end of a Dark Tunnel, a Faint Light
Malini Shankar
Tiger Defends the Biodiversity
 
PART FOUR: ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
Sahana Singh
The Media's Role in Water and Sanitation
Shree Padre
Water Journalism Warrants Better Attention
 
PART FIVE: REPORTING ON DISASTERS
Nalaka Gunawardene and Manori Wijesekera
Dispatches from the Frontline: The Making of The Greenbelt Reports
Sunita Narain
Floods: Blacked Out but Real
Peter Griffin
Turbulence: How Volunteers Cyber-Responded to a Tsunami
 
PART SIX: PHOTOJOURNALISM
Max Martin
Stop all the Clocks! Beyond Text, Looking at the Pics
Shahidul Alam
What does One Photograph do to Depict a Flood?
Nandan Saxena
It was a long Journey
 
PART SEVEN: COMMUNICATION ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Shivaram Pailoor
Paradigm Shift in Agricultural Communication
Ardeshir Cowasjee
A 'Global City' vs the Environment
Nandkumar Kamat
Wild Panther in Miramar? Goa on the Verge of Environmental Hara-kiri
 
PART EIGHT: GENDER AND ENVIRONMENT
Laxmi Murthy
Reporting Gender and Environment: Beyond Tokenism
 
PART NINE: ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENTS
Meena Menon
The Grass is Greener This Side
Pandurang Hegde
The Chipko and Appiko Movement
Anil Agarwal
PART TEN: AN ANIL AGARWAL READER
Anil Agarwal
Media Games
Anil Agarwal
Saying it with Pictures
Anil Agarwal
No Screen PRESENCE

The Green Pen is a book about environmental reporting… The book explains how reporting on environment cannot be done in isolation; it is connected with political and economic dimensions. It calls for journalists to have a scientific understanding of environment to be able to report credibly. There are essays on photojournalism, gender and environmental movements…All essays represent strong views and first-hand experience of the active contributions in the field. [The book] is a must have for all journalists, not particularly for those reporting on environment.

Current Science

The Green Pen – a collection of essays on environmental journalism is a much needed and welcome addition. It is not simply a conventional book on environmental issues, debates, movements and so on, for a change, this collection is a rare reflection on the state of environmental journalism and reporting…. a very rewarding book.  A must read for all those even remotely concerned with environmental issues.

e-Social Science

This book published by SAGE Publications is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia, and is a must for budding environmental journalists and environmentalists.

www.meghalayatimes.com

The Green Pen, a collection of essays edited by Keya Acharya and Frederick Noronha, is an effort to create public awareness regarding the dangers of climate change. This is the first book to highlight the role of environmental journalism in South Asia, recounting the diversified experiences and predicaments of some of the most acclaimed environmental journalists in the region while focusing on what Darryl D’monte calls ‘the context of the development versus environment debate’ in the brilliantly written foreword…The Green Pen is a sincere effort to bring this ‘amused-to-death’ humanity to their senses.

Dawn

Imperative addition to the shelves of the eco-conscious.

Business Line

The Green Pen is an excellent primer to the evolution of environmental journalism in South Asia

Down to Earth

The Green Pen is an anthology of writings by environmental journalists touching upon the various dimensions of the crises, challenges and experiences of environment reporting in the Indian subcontinent and some of its neighbouring countries. Writers, mostly journalists and environmentalists, delve into the content of the subject matter, covering a large range of environmentally related issues, even as they reflect on its presentation by the media—making this compilation an interesting read for a wide variety of people.

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