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Global Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in Florida: A Conversation Between Scientists and the Media

conversationsAre scientists and journalists from different planets?  Read the conference summary and notes from the 2008 Science and the Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Hosted by the Poynter Research Institute of Media Studies and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Team in Florida, the conversation between journalists and scientists led to important findings about media coverage of climate change and other Gulf-related issues. Read this report to learn more about what is important to scientists and to journalists, to develop an understanding of  some communication barriers, and identify some valuable solutions for bridging the gap.

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Bridging the Gap Between Science and the Media: A Media Needs Assessment

shellIs the Gulf of Mexico currently being covered in the news? If so, what Gulf-related issues receive the most coverage?

Are journalists writing about Gulf science? Learn how current trends in the national media market are affecting Gulf science coverage, and hear the perspectives of ten journalists located around Florida's Gulf Coast.

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For more information on this report, please contact Bridget Washburn at 239.293.0394 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Supports Sound Journalism

The media business is changing.  As news shifts from a product to a service, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance supports elements of journalism that maintain the integrity and credibility of media outlets.  The following nine principles of sound journalism are offered by the Committee of Concerned Journalists, affiliated with the Project for Excellence in Journalism, and are endorsed by the Florida Alliance Team:

  1. Journalism's First Obligation is to  the Truth
  2. Its First Loyalty is to Citizens
  3. Its Essence is a Discipline of Verification
  4. Its Practitioners Must Maintain an Independence from Those They Cover
  5. It Must Serve as an Independent Monitor of Power
  6. It Must Provide a Forum for Public Criticism and Compromise
  7. It Must Strive to Make the Significant Interesting and Relevant
  8. It Must Keep the News Comprehensive and Proportional
  9. Its Practitioners Must Be Allowed to Exercise their Personal Conscience

The principles and more information on the book, The Elements of Journalism, can be found online at www.journalism.org.

Radio Messages Promote a Healthy Gulf Print E-mail
Radio Messages Promote a Healthy Gulf

Twenty “Gulf of Mexico Minute” radio messages are now available in Spanish to promote awareness of the environmental and economic importance of the Gulf of Mexico.  Produced by staff at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, the ninety second messages were funded by a Gulf of Mexico Alliance education and outreach grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Whether as environmental practitioners, advocates, educators, researchers, journalists, or activists, we are engaged in complex issues and questions that cannot be addressed in isolation.

The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) is a newly formed network of environmental communication professionals and supporters. The Environmental Communication Network has become part of IECA. We sponsor the professional journal Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, the biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, and promote other educational and practical opportunities.

This website will provide up-to-date information about environmental communication projects and opportunities for collaboration, as well as serving as a storehouse for related information and materials.

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