Ep 3: Addicted to conflict? Climate in journalism and the media
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In this episode we look at the chapter “Journalism, Climate Communication and Media Alternatives” by Robert A Hackett and Shane Gunster from Carbon Capitalism and Communication. This book examines the role of communication in discussing the climate crisis. Specifically in this chapter, Hackett and Gunster critique the typical climate narratives explored by journalists and offer their perspectives on three approaches that are more effective with galvanising public support. They also discuss the deficiencies inherent in mainstream media that call on the need for alternative spaces for more radical action. 

This episode was the first we ever recorded back in July 2020, which is why there is no mention of the recent Senate inquiry into media diversity in Australia which occurred at the time of launching this podcast. The inquiry was announced on 11 November 2020 following a petition against the Murdoch media empire, instigated by former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, gained over half a million signatures.

Recorded on 15th July 2020

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