Sustainable Journalism

Journalism for a Sustainable Future and a Sustainable Future for Journalism


Sustainable Journalism is a research programme which is jointly run by the Media and Communication department at the School of Education and Communication, the Department of Media and Communication Studies at Örebro University and the Media, Management and Transformation Centre at Jönköping International Business School.

The aim of Sustainable Journalism is to study journalism in relation to sustainable development. It deals with the sustainable future of society as well as journalism, and departs from two topical sustainability crises:

  • The sustainability crisis of society, e.g. environmental crises, democratic crises, poverty, financial crises, armed conflicts etc.
  • The sustainability crisis of journalism, which stems from lower advertising, falls in consumption, more unemployment, and the fierce competition from online information brokers.

Sustainable Journalism suggests that these crises are intrinsically intertwined. A sustainable society – economically, ecologically, and socially – requires a journalism that seriously and with quality addresses the sustainability challenges facing society, and a sustainable future for journalism as a practice and business depends on its capability to do precisely that.

The research of Sustainable Journalism utilizes a broad definition of journalism. It addresses both traditional journalism and emerging forms of journalism in “old” as well as “new” media. It aims at identifying opportunities for and barriers to sustainable development by applying several perspectives on journalism, e.g. the economy, the organization, and the content of journalism. Sustainable Journalism builds on the assumption that sustainability can only be investigated through such integrated research approaches and in close contact with the journalistic practice.

What is Sustainable Journalism?

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, the Brundtland Report pointed out economic growth, social equality and environmental protection as the three main pillars of a sustainable development. These pillars are intertwined, interdependent, and need to be reconciled. However, usually, scholars interested in the business crisis of the media industry tend to leave the social and environmental dimensions of journalism aside, and vice versa. What Is Sustainable Journalism? is the first book that discusses and examines the economic, social and environmental challenges of professional journalism simultaneously. This unique book and fresh contribution to the discussion of the future of journalism assembles international expertise in all three fields, arguing for the necessity of integral research perspectives and for sustainable journalism as the key to long-term survival of professional journalism. The book is relevant for scholars and master’s students in media economy, media and communication, and environmental communication.

Publisher: Peter Lang

Content updated 2018-09-17

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