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What is Sustainable Journalism?: An introduction
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8724-3245
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1011-7726
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0301-9765
2017 (English)In: What Is Sustainable Journalism?: Integrating the Environmental, Social, and Economic Challenges of Journalism, Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, 11-26 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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This edited volume, which elaborates on the idea and concept of sustainable journalism, is the result of a perceived lack of integral research approaches to journalism and sustainable development. Thirty years ago, in 1987, Our Common Future, the report from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development (also known as the Brundtland Report), pointed out economic growth, environmental protection and social equality as the three main pillars of a sustainable development. These pillars are intertwined, interdependent, and need to be balanced and reconciled. Economic growth is in this sense necessary for a developing world, but a one-sided focus on economy will eventually lead to a world that is both socially and environmentally poorer. Obviously, the issue of sustainability has not been absent from the field of journalism research; on the contrary, there is plenty of research focusing on journalism and environmental sustainability (e.g., climate change, fracking, renewables, etc.), social sustainability (e.g., democratic and political participation, poverty, inequality), and economic sustainability (e.g., ownership, commercialization, business models). However, where journalism studies traditionally treat these three aspects of sustainability disjointedly, this book attempts to pull them closer together and integrally approach sustainable development in its environmental, social and economic sense.

The book departs from the premise that journalism has a role to play in global sustainable development—to inform, investigate and to educate in ways that reconcile the three pillars. It also raises questions about the internal sustainability of journalism itself, asking how its rampant need for economically sustainable business models can possibly be negotiated with its social and environmental obligations and impacts. In this way, the concept of sustainable journalism interlinks two current sustainability challenges that are of great theoretical relevance and in urgent need of empirical research.

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Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017. 11-26 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37308DOI: 10.3726/b11462Libris ID: 21498236ISBN: 9781433143816 (electronic)ISBN: 9781433134418 (print)ISBN: 9781433134401 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37308DiVA: diva2:1141192
Available from: 2017-09-14 Created: 2017-09-14 Last updated: 2017-09-27Bibliographically approved

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