Milford has just celebrated Earth Day, America’s only — and still unofficial — holiday for the environment. Where do you get your information about the environment, environmental issues or events? Whatever your answer/s, you may be among the 79% of Americans who say news coverage of the environment should be improved. This figure is the same across differences of age, race, income or region of the country. No wonder. After all, the amount of environmental reporting in many newspapers has been on a steady decline. Recently, a study done by the Pew Research Center revealed that about 4% of the headlines in national newspapers are about crime, 3.6% about entertainment, and fewer than 1% about the environment.
Perhaps that decline in coverage is due simply to the decline of newspapers, which is well known. Not so well known, though, is that environmental reporting has been declining across all media: Radio, TV, and Internet as well as newspapers.