“Fracking,” as it’s called, is being heralded by natural gas developers as a way to cheaply deliver an abundance of energy. And it’s been one of the most extensively reported environmental issues recently. But is it the answer to our energy woes, or another danger to the environment? Are journalists doing a sufficient job covering the issue? As you read through this week’s articles, what comes to mind about the way various news outlets are tackling this issue? What role do images, personal stories and descriptive writing play in the way this issue is conveyed? Let’s hear the questions you have for fellow students on these pieces. This one provides a broad spectrum of views on hydrofracking. This one portrays the complex relationship between environmentalists and the natural gas industry. This piece provides a glimpse into Michigan’s fracking activity. This New York Times article was one of the first to explore fracking’s potential dangers on a wide scale. But it was Pro Publica that broke the story with this piece. The impact of its coverage is explained here. This video shows another way to communicate about environmental issues.
Hydrofracking: Covering One of the Environment’s Hottest Energy Stories