Ah, yet another blog post about my attempt to blog. I guess at least this time it’s graded ( a little added incentive).
Despite my somewhat cynical view, only due to past experiences, blogging has been the most continual advice I’ve received. With that in mind, I’ve decided to focus on environmental topics, specifically issues related to ocean conservation and biodiversity.
My decision to focus on such a topic is two fold. About two years ago I took an introductory class to sustainability and design. Although this class was based mainly on architecture and landscape architecture, it has completely shifted my outlook on life and professional goals. I completed my Journalism 3 final based largely around my sustainability class and it’s been my inspiration ever since. The issue is no longer about sustainability but now about adaptation in our epoch, the Anthropocene.
The second reason for my topic focus is because I’m from Cape Cod and have grown up along the shores of the Atlantic my entire life. I’ve seen first hand how storms have intensified as I’ve grown older and how species have come and gone (shout out to the Cape’s orca population).
Environmental journalism is what I hope to pursue professionally at this point and am currently debating between attending an ocean conservation and biodiversity masters program or work to start my professional career outright. Either way, hopefully I’ll get addicted to this beat and this will jump start my decision.
I get the majority of my news from Twitter but the following are the news sites I hope to follow the most:
The Pew Charitable Trust: Pew is not only a great resource for journalists in general, but also offers solid environmental reporting on national topics, while also weaving in political and energy related news.
Ocean Currents: The blog for the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy, Ocean Currents offers news and opinion about the health of the oceans.
United Nations Environment Program: I get a lot of my environmental news from UNEP (via Twitter) and helps to offer a more political and global glimpse on environmental protection.
The Guardian: Although a general news site, The Guardian has great environmental coverage that is easy to understand and synthesize.
The New York Times: The times, like the Guardian, offers easy to understand science articles, just not as frequently as I’d like.
Humannature: Conservation International is one of my favorite organizations in general, and covers not only ocean related topics, but also the human side of the issues.
These may be the sites I follow the most but I also turn to the Atlantic, the New Yorker, National Geographic, Science, and Nature (if I can get my hands on the journal). I also hope to bring in some narratives about climatic shifts regarding the ocean and economic factors as well.
Chronicling my journalistic endeavors.
All ocean conservation/biodiversity posts are my own original thoughts. All other posts are my work for other publications.