Environment beats retreat

New York Times>> Environment • The US

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageOn January 16, the nine journalists who make up The New York Times’ environment desk learned that they will be reassigned. The newspaper is shutting down its environment desk.

Dean Baquet, the paper’s managing editor for news operations, said when the desk was created in 2009, the environment beat was largely seen as “singular and isolated. But today, environmental stories are partly business, economic, national or local... ,” he said.

The UK’s Guardian described the change as disheartening. “Environment stories... require a solid background in the subject matter, a reasonable understanding of the science and issues at play, and the ability to explain complex subjects in a way that will make sense to readers.... That’s why having a team of reporters and an editor committed to that beat is essential.”

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