March 15, 2016

Climate Change: Why Journalism Failed with Alan Rusbridger

Climate change is perhaps the biggest story of our generation. If the planet warms up in line with the majority of informed predictions the likely consequences for the human race will be immense. Yet how often do you read a story about climate change on the front page of your regular newspaper? How often does the subject feature in television bulletins?

Why is it that journalism has failed to rise to arguably on of the most pressing issue of our times? Is the fault of journalists? Or are we - the apathetic readers - also to blame? Or is it something about the nature of journalism itself which sets it up for failure?

Alan Rusbridger–after editing the Guardian for 20 years–decided to end his editorship by running a five month campaign to try and get the issue into greater public consciousness. In doing so he broke all the conventional truths about journalism taught in J Schools. But, arguably, he succeeded in bringing about change.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
5:00 p.m. reception
5:30 p.m. lecture

Harper Center Room 104
5807 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

Free and open to the public

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