A panel of journalists talks about cuts in science and environmental reporting by traditional news media outlets.
They weigh in on local and niche journalists who are working to fill the vacuum by building new business models online.
Seth Borenstein is a science writer for Associated Press. Prior to this appointment, he was a national correspondent in Knight Ridder's Washington bureau.
Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, health, and security issues founded in 1994 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
Dabelko is also an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Dabelko has held prior positions with the Council on Foreign Relations and Foreign Policy and served as a lecturer at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
Formerly Executive Producer of CNN's Science, Tech and Weather Unit, Peter Dykstra supervised a staff responsible for coverage of the traditional sciences, technology, the environment, space, and weather for CNN's television, internet, and radio platforms.
Jan Schaffer, former Business Editor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer, is executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and one of the nation's leading thinkers in the journalism reform movement.
She left daily journalism in 1994 to lead pioneering journalism initiatives in the areas of civic journalism, interactive and participatory journalism and citizen media ventures. She launched J-Lab in 2002 at the University of Maryland's College of Journalism to help newsrooms use innovative computer technologies to engage people in important public issues.
Elizabeth Shogren, a veteran newspaper reporter, came to NPR in February 2005 to cover environmental issues on the National Desk.
Prior to NPR, Shogren spent 14 years as a reporter on a variety of beats at The Los Angeles Times. For the last four years she reported on environmental issues in Washington, D.C., and across the country. From 1993 - 2000, Shogren worked from The Los Angeles Times' Washington bureau covering the White House, Congress, social policy, money and politics, and presidential campaigns.
Peter Dykstra relates climate change to network executives by placing the concept in context to the OJ Simpson trial. He says by a standard of reasonable doubt, climate change could never be convicted in a criminal trial -- but would be found guilty in a civil trial.