Global Issues Viewed Through Local Eyes

Beeman, Perry
December 2007
Nieman Reports;Winter2007, Vol. 61 Issue 4, p19
The article examines newspaper coverage of environmental issues and how they are effected by the introduction of multimedia operations through newspaper Web sites and the emphasis on "hyperlocal" news. Due to their very nature, environmental issues can be presented most effectively in a local context, more so perhaps than any other social or economic news. Newspaper Web site treatments of environmental stories, including a map of pollution sites created by the Raleigh, North Carolina "News & Observer" and a series of first-person videos of homeowners with environmentally-related problems created by the "Houston Chronicle" of Houston, Texas, are used as examples of how the Web site is an invaluable resource. The Web site of the Society of Environmental Journalists is recommended as a resource for all journalists.


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