Make Wealth History blog explores why Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian until later this year, has put the paper’s weight behind ‘Keep it in the Ground’
Earlier this year the Guardian announced that it was going to be putting climate change ‘front and center‘ in its news coverage. Editor Alan Rusbridger explained that the media, his own paper included, has struggled to do justice to climate change. “We prefer to deal with what has happened, not what lies ahead” he wrote. “We favour what is exceptional and in full view over what is ordinary and hidden.”
I can understand Rusbridger’s frustration. As this week’s column inches about Jeremy Clarkson attest, what matters and what constitutes news don’t necessarily overlap.
As a slow motion, long term problem, climate change doesn’t make headlines, despite being one of the most serious issues journalists will cover in their careers. So the paper has been trying to remedy that problem, for its own readers at least, and taken on a much more campaigning edge in its coverage this…
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