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'Newsmaking geography': Communicating geography through the media

Hay, I. and Israel, M.ORCID: 0000-0002-1263-8699 (2001) 'Newsmaking geography': Communicating geography through the media. Applied Geography, 21 (2). pp. 107-125.

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Geographers have undertaken important work exploring the role of the media in projecting and producing imagined worlds. This work needs to be extended to consider how the products of our labours might be broadcast most effectively to the public through the media. This paper presents a case study of media responses to research in South Australia by one of the authors to illustrate how the media shaped and represented the findings. From the case study, the paper outlines three lessons for geographers who either deal with the media or are involved in training students in professional skills. Geographers need to develop a ‘newsmaking geography’ by: first, understanding the nature of the media as a set of institutions that encapsulate and communicate our works; second, positioning ourselves as ‘authorized knowers’ – people known to have something credible to say about a specific range of issues; and third, developing effective strategies for delivering information and ideas to the media. Engagements with the media may allow us to publicize the vitality that has characterized parts of geography in the past two decades, help overcome the power/knowledge ineffectiveness of academic publications, and fortify our public activism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd.
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