Env Comm Special Issue: Resilience, journalism, and climate change.

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Call for submissions
December 1, 2018

As communities worldwide prepare for the impacts of climate change, the concept of resilience -- the ability to withstand, recover from, and adapt to periodic shocks and major disruptions -- is becoming central to the political and public understanding of complex events and processes, such as stronger storms, severe flooding, intense heat, and rising sea-levels. But if nations, cities, and communities are to prepare effectively for climate impacts, they must be able to rely on resilience-focused journalism that calls attention to and explains complex and uncertain threats and solutions, and holds elected officials and institutions accountable.

Yet building the media and journalistic capacity to respond to such ongoing public needs remains difficult. Budgetary pressures at national and local newspapers and public radio outlets, in many countries, have led to significant cuts in coverage of climate change and related topics. Moreover, when climate change is discussed publicly, with a few notable exceptions, the problem remains defined as an environmental problem, as a pollution mitigation issue, as a polarized political conflict, or in terms of short-term disaster recovery. Too often missing in news coverage is a sustained focus on climate change as a long-term resilience and adaptation challenge that requires actions across sectors of the economy, government, and society.

This special issue of Environmental Communication seeks to identify, explore, and analyse the multiple dimensions of resilience, climate change, and journalism. Suggested areas of focus for the special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual models of resilience-focused media and journalism
  • Case studies of resilience-focused journalistic media
  • Case studies of resilience-oriented media from NGOs, academia, government, citizens, and other civic actors
  • News coverage of resilience-oriented topics
  • Public opinion about climate change resilience and the influence of news coverage
  • Social media messaging and activism around resilience issues
  • Journalist perceptions and decision-making on resilience
  • Journalism and community engagement around resilience
  • Media, coastal cities, and resilience
  • Expert, journalist, and citizen interaction around resilience
  • Advocacy journalism and climate change adaptation
  • News sources and agenda-building around resilience

We invite submissions from areas of inquiry at the intersection of climate change, journalism, and resilience. Longer original Research Articles (8,000 words) and shorter Research Insights (3,000 words) can draw on a variety of scholarly and practitioner perspectives and methods. Advanced Reviews (8,000 words) and shorter Commentaries (2-3,000 words) are also invited, emphasizing implications for research, professional practices, current debates, and/or societal trends and decisions. All word limits include references and abstracts. As an international journal, submissions to Environmental Communication from across North America, Europe, and non-Western contexts are strongly encouraged.

To successfully pass peer review, all original research articles must present findings that are theoretically informed, empirically demonstrated, generalizable or transferable across contexts and places, or transferable to and relevant to professional practice. We encourage potential contributors to consider using approaches such as case study research, meta-analysis of evaluative data, historical or ethnographic approaches, experiments, surveys, focus groups, content analysis, and other methodologies. We welcome quantitative, qualitative, and critical scholarship. Regardless of method or approach, all articles should seek to bridge theory and practice and should be written in a style that is broadly accessible and understandable to an interdisciplinary audience.

Instructions for Authors

Deadlines for submissions: Papers may be submitted until 1 Dec, 2018 and considered on a case-by-case basis after that date. (Any accepted papers for which space is not available will be published in a subsequent issue.)

To find out more visit the ‘Instructions for Authors’ tab on the journal homepage. The journal adheres to APA Style. Manuscripts must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form. All submissions should use the Scholar One Website: accompanied by a cover letter indicating the desire to have the submission reviewed for this special issue. Upon notification of acceptance, authors must assign copyright to Taylor and Francis and provide copyright clearance for any copyrighted material.

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