Data Journalism & Environmental Communication (publications)

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Two new research outputs of mine (Data Journalism & Environmental Communication encyclopedia entries) were published:

  • Antonopoulos, N., & Karyotakis, M.-A. (2020). Data Journalism. In D. L. Merskin (Ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society (Vol. 1, pp. 440-441). Thousands Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483375519.n175
  • Antonopoulos, N., & Karyotakis, M.-A. (2020). Environmental Communication. In D. L. Merskin (Ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society (Vol. 1, pp. 551-552). Thousands Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781483375519.n221

See below a preview of the two entries:

Environmental communication is the dissemination of information and the implementation of communication practices that are related to the environment. In the beginning, environmental communication was a narrow area of communication; however, nowadays, it is a broad field that includes research and practices regarding how different actors (e.g., institutions, states, people) tend to interact in topics related to the environment and how cultural products influence society toward environmental issues. As a result, environmental communication is complex, involving verbal, nonverbal, personal, interpersonal, and visual communication. Due to global environmental issues such as climate change, new communication initiatives to promote environmental policies and affairs have emerged. Groups, international organizations, states, and the United Nations use such initiatives in an attempt to change the way individuals think about the environment. These initiatives are also related to another characteristic of environmental communication, which is that it is linked with the inherited culture of human beings. Knowledge about the environment is transferred from one generation to another and, as a consequence, the way environmental issues are communicated changes. This entry traces the evolution of environmental communication and its subfields of study. In addition, it explores several important environmental problems of today’s society and reveals correlations among companies, mass communications, new technologies, and the public.

Data journalism is a way of enhancing reporting and news writing with the use and examination of statistics in order to provide a deeper insight into a news story and to highlight relevant data. One trend in the digital era of journalism has been to disseminate information to the public via interactive online content through data visualization tools such as tables, graphs, maps, infographics, microsites, and visual worlds. The in-depth examination of such datasets can lead to more concrete results and observations regarding timely topics of interest. In addition, data journalism may reveal hidden issues that seemingly were not a priority in the news coverage. Finally, the correlations between the many variables of the examined datasets may turn a local issue into a global issue with social implications. This entry discusses the use of data visualization for presenting data, reviews the evolution and process of contemporary data journalism, and then presents three 21 st -century cases to demonstrate the ongoing significance of data in journalism.

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