Science Writing and Climate Change (2019)


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By Crispin C. Maslog, David Robie and Joel Adriano

We now live in the age of science and technology. In this age, the senior citizens among us walk around bewildered by these strange electronic gadgets and programs in the hands of the millennials—video games, computers, PSP games, phone apps, mobile phones, tablets, and many others.

As we move into this new age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we need to understand what is going on if we are to survive.

The mission of science communicators is clear. They must make all these science and scientific inventions understandable to the general public.

Science has many publics and the role of the science communicator—to reach these various publics—is a gargantuan task. This small book will try to address the huge issue of how to communicate science to Everyman.

Professor Crispin Maslog, the lead author: “Disaster reporting, which focuses on deaths and casualties for the benefit of local readers, is understandable. However, the mass media also need to explain in depth the causes of climate change. Contextual climate change reporting can be taught to journalists by journalism schools if they have enough trained faculty and resources. But Asia-Pacific journalism schools are not able to do this, to cite a paper we published in Pacific Journalism Review (2017), which was based on a small survey of 20 schools in the region…. There is a vacuum in formal science and environmental education in the Asia-Pacific region… But for the long-term, there is a need for a wide-scale, systematic upgrading of the science communication/science journalism training programmes in the universities with the help of UN agencies like UNESCO.”

  • Publisher:  Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) in association with SciDev.Net and the Pacific Media Centre
  • Manila, Philippines, and Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, 105 pages
  • ISBN: 9789718502198
David Robie
David Robie
Dr David Robie was previously founding director and professor of journalism at AUT’s Pacific Media Centre (PMC). He worked with postgraduate student journalists to edit Pacific Media Watch - a daily digital archive of dispatches about Pacific journalism and media, ethics and professionalism. The PMC also jointly published the high profile independent Pacific Scoop news website with industry partner, Scoop Media, and Asia Pacific Report, which David now edits independently in partnership with Evening Report: David is also the founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review (PJR).
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