By Michael Frome

Michael Frome, who all started his exotic occupation in environmental journalism within the Nineteen Sixties, has been known as the dean of yankee conservation. As former Senator Gaylord Nelson as soon as informed the participants of Congress, "No author in the US has extra many times and successfully argued for the necessity of a countrywide ethics of environmental stewardship."In eco-friendly Ink: An advent to Environmental Journalism, Frome has solid a long time of expertise within the box he helped pioneer right into a invaluable primer for environmental advocates and writers. This beautiful mix of anecdote, suggestion, own testimony, and a nuts and bolts guide bargains an intensive survey of rewards and demanding situations that environmental reports scholars may count on to come across on alongside their selected profession paths. as well as the extreme contributions made via "marquis" names similar to Rachel Carson and Bernard DeVoto, Frome recounts the extraordinary tales of a number of alternative writer-advocates and their mostly unsung roles in investigating and publicizing environmental difficulties and abuses.  

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P. What have you learned as a writer turned to teacher? F. Two points come to mind. First, I'm still working to be patientto keep standards high, but allow students time and space to learn and develop. Second, and maybe more important, students with whom I come in contact are caring and sharing people, who want to give to society more than they take from it. P. Any last words for the interview? F. Tell it like it is, without fear or favor. 7 Page xv ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I have probably been preparing to write this book for most of my life, but the idea to go ahead and do it came from my wife, June Eastvold, whom I married in Seattle on December 31, 1994.

In 53 casesor 72 percent of responsesnews stories were based solely on Page 7 press releases. In 32 cases, the releases were printed almost verbatim or in paraphrase, while in 21 other cases, only perfunctory additional reporting was evident. " Based on survey returns, the CJR estimated that 45 percent of the day's 188 news items were based on press releases. 13 The best journalism carries authority and a sense of purpose. Literate writing, advocacy writing, contributes to a view of the world that is more rather than less complicated.

I am not so sure about the New York Times either. In 1990 it dumped its veteran environmental correspondent, Philip Shabecoff, a pacesetter in his profession, widely respected and admired, because it considered him biased, "too close to environmentalists," only to send forth a replacement plainly motivated by antienvironmental bias. It was not a convincing case of community responsibility. 1 More recently, EXTRA! "3 In two lengthy front-page articles, the Times reported ecological gains in the 315-mile Hudson River, which runs past New York City into the Page 3 Atlantic Ocean.

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