Reporting Sustainability in the Southeast Asian Media

Assoc. Prof. Chris Nash,
Assoc. Prof. Wendy Bacon
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This paper reports on a study of the coverage of sustainability issues in the English-language press of South-east Asia. The news media play an important, multi-faceted role in shaping debates about environmental sustainability. Key players in government, industry, NGOs and international agencies use the media to project their own preferred policies and positions to their publics, and to gather intelligence on what each other is doing. The public use the media for information about the issues, and importantly about how the key players are positioning themselves on policy responses to the issues. The media have a crucial impact on how key players and the public interact with each other and negotiate their roles and activities.

The paper analyses and compares coverage of environmental issues and information over a one month period in 2005 in The Djakarta Post, Vietnam News, The South China Morning Post, The New Straits Times, The Bangkok Post, The Manila Bulletin and The Far Eastern Economic Review. The story sample will be drawn from English language online editions and the limitations of this approach for the study will be acknowledged and discussed. The focus of the analysis will be the selection and representation of authoritative sources, and the framing of the explanatory narratives.

Keywords: Sustainability, Media, Southeast Asia
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Assoc. Prof. Chris Nash

Director, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney

Chris is particularly interested in the intersection of geography, media studies and professional journalism practice. Currently he is researching the role of the news media in the construction of Sydney as a 'global city'. He is interested in the representation and reporting of geographical issues in South East Asia, particularly with respect to ecological crises. He has worked professionally in radio, television, film documentary and the web.

Assoc. Prof. Wendy Bacon

Director, Journalism Program, University of Technology, Sydney

Wendy publishes professional journalism and scholarly research in journalism studies. She has a particular interest in the coverage of humanitarian and justice issues, in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Her professional background is in print and television media. She lead a major research project into the coverage of aid and humanitarian crises in the Australian media.

Ref: S06P0428