Framing Nature: Media Distortions, Corporate PR, and Hopeful Storytelling

Mark Meisner, Editor, Framing Nature: Media Distortions, Corporate PR, and Hopeful Storytelling, special Environmental Communication issue of Alternatives Journal, Vol.23, No.1, Winter 1997.

Cover of Framing NatureTable of Contents

Editorial: Imagine No Resources
Mark Meisner

Jock Talk, Goldfish, Horse Logging and Star Wars
Joan Sherman and Michael Gismondi
An Alberta pulp company uses a variety of slick communications tools to establish a green image.

News and Conflict
Michael Karlberg
The news media often portray environmental issues as struggles between opposing groups. This can obscure opportunities for constructive public action.

Telling Stories About Places
Sylvia Bowerbank

Ordinary people’s stories about their own places are a rich and untapped resource for understanding connections between human behaviour and environmental conditions.

Anniversary Essay

Three Decades on the Green Beat
Michael Keating
Canada’s most prominent environment reporter reflects on the media’s record and the future of environmental journalism.
Inset: Looking Backward (and Forward) by Gary Gallon

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Writing It Down and Acting It Up
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Green on the Screen
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