Environmental Communication & Journalism

Good evening lovelies.

My latest episode of Future Focus is now online and can be listened to here. This one’s on environmental communication, and features an interview with the design coordinator of the Greenpeace field at Glastonbury Festival 2014, the wonderful and talented Tabitha Pope. The episode discusses the many forms environmental communication can take, and how important it is in a society that increasingly relies on the media. Please give it a listen, and tell me what you think. And if you like it, please get on the link-love and share, share, share! 

I recorded this nearly a month ago, but this one took a long time to come online because Radio Free Brighton is undergoing some changes, and it seems they had a lot on their plate. Next week I’m recording my new episode, which is on waste, with a particular focus on recycling and sustainable design.

It’s been an amazing opportunity, doing this series. I think what I love most is doing the interviews. It’s an emotional roller-coaster, really. I start out calmly sending out a few emails to relevant people, making some calls. Then I start to panic when none of them respond. Then celebrate by punching the air when that all important ”yeah sure” email lands in my inbox. Then excitement as I carefully write up some questions, then – inexplicably, however well I’ve prepared, I always get exceptionally nervous the night before and on the day of the interview. Always seem to have a last minute panic about which bus route to take. I throw on a blazer to make myself feel professional, and the interview always (touch wood) goes smoothly, allowing me to meet someone who’s interesting and clearly passionate about their profession. I always feel triumphant after a successful interview. And I always feel I have learnt something, enriched my life in some small but meaningful way.

And that’s really why I want to be a journalist. I just love meeting people who’re doing something amazing, and asking them questions, hearing their stories. I suppose writing and talking to people are my two favourite things. It’s not just the interesting stories though, it’s also a personal growth thing. A couple of years ago, I would have been way too shy to arrange and carry out interviews with strangers – or record my voice for online radio, for that matter. Doing this has pushed my limits and given me confidence I didn’t know I had.

And of course, all this is brilliant practice for the journalism course I’m planning to do after I finish my degree. I’m going to do an NCTJ fast-track diploma, which gives you all the practical skills and theory to qualify as a journalist. Apart from enjoying writing and talking to people, my reasoning for choosing this career path has a lot to do with my latest Future Focus show. The fact is, the media has such a huge influence on society, and most of what we know about ‘the environment’ we learn from the media. I truly believe that knowledge is power, that we need to be informed citizens, and that much of the apathy towards the environmental and social problems of our age stems from simple ignorance. I know that journalism is a competitive and very often corrupt industry, but it’s competitive for a reason, and it’ll only become more fair and progressive if there’s an influx of people with their ideals intact, taking the industry by storm.

The media has so much potential to be a catalyst for positive change in the world.
I want to be part of that.

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