We are always presented with immense media coverage on global crisis, disasters and news. All media forms aim to seek and report on the big issues in national and international news. . In the modern media industries, journalistic reporting is often guided by “…well established, if often abstract and unenforceable professional code of ethics: (Ward, 2009, p. 13) Journalists therefore are reporting on the trending news in international affairs, where they can deliver the big hitting news everyone is interested about, for example; ISIS and the recent terrorist attacks.
While this reporting is important, it tend to drown out any ongoing international issues. Global warming and climate change are issues that have an extreme threat and affect every human on the globe. Considering the importance of these issues, it’s a wonder why the topics are hardly ever discussed in news reporting. This in itself is a major issue in global news, restricting the ability for society to learn about these issues and decreases the importance.
Due to the universal and hard-hitting nature of the issue, the ethics involved on this type of reporting is extremely important. Journalists “…have a direct personal interest in a healthy environment and climate,” as this is directly related to “…sustaining their society’s and their own health and economic wellbeing” (Ward, 2104)
It is said “journalists increasingly, and rightly take their cues from the leading and acknowledged scientific experts when it comes to the facts and causes of global climate change” (Ward, B 2014, p 14)
In this video, global journalists answer professional questions on working on reporting global crisis and how they overcome these issues:
Khorana, S. Who Counts in Global Media? News Values. Lecture from ‘International Media and Communication’ at the University of Wollongong. 24th September 2014
Ward, B. (2009). Journalism ethics and climate change reporting in a period of intense media uncertainty. Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, [online] 9, pp.13-15[Accessed 14 Oct. 2014]<http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/esep00097>