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Reciprocal (and reductionist?) newswork: An examination of youth involvement in creating local participatory environmental news

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journalism Practice
Issue number1
Volume11
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)62-79
Publication statusPublished
Early online date11/11/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper builds upon previous research that examines participatory forms of “reciprocal journalism” and “public communication” led by high school and college students in Miami, Florida, USA, in the fall of 2014. In this study, the students’ assessment of local and national media coverage is used to reveal greater details inherent in examining participatory methods of newswork. Collectively, students said that media coverage emphasis on local and national public officials instead of residents and community members who experience sea-level rise first-hand, combined with a lack of scientific explanation of and solutions for sea-level rise reduced the event's potential to build reciprocal relationships with younger audiences.