Skip to primary content


Jeff Goodell: Citizen Journalists Can Save Environment

Jeff Goodell, contributing editor at Rolling Stone Magazine and author of Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future, isn’t very impressed with the way professional journalists cover the environment, but does think citizen journalism can save the environment. Listen to this five-minute video interview conducted by Leonard Witt at the Society of Environmental Journalists convention which ended yesterday, October 19, 2008.

5 Responses to “Jeff Goodell: Citizen Journalists Can Save Environment”

  1. David Poulson Says:

    This interview itself is a great example of what Goodell discusses. True, it is conducted by a former journalist and a current journalism academic. But it could have been done by anyone equipped with a simple flip camera and access to this conference. A good example of untrained citizens interviewing untrained citizens to bring fresh light to an environmental issue is on our site at See the video interview of the Bushwhacker Canoe Challenge.

  2. Nathan Ketsdever Says:

    I like the language about “re-inventing our energy system”

    Great interview.

  3. Periodismo Ciudadano Says:

    [...] Vía | [...]

  4. Sarah Soltow Says:

    Since reading Big Coal two years ago, I have been internalizing Goodell’s ideas that ‘reinventing’ the energy industry is the prime hope for our future- as a people and as a world.
    I would like to find some more directed/concrete ‘pathways’ to act upon this information and help carry the ideas forward.

  5. Mikhail Says:

    neighBORROW is a “green” web-based start-up that facilitates the
    borrowing and lending things among neighbors or other groups. neighBORROW
    combines the traditional notion of borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor
    with modern technology, using the Internet to facilitate borrowing and lending of
    nearly anything among people in local networks. The website, currently in pBETA, uses
    accountability metrics such as deposits, user reputations and borrowing history and customizable
    privacy settings to help ensure the safety of its members’ property. Users have the flexibility to
    decide what and with whom they are willing to share by participating in private and public networks.
    These “neighBORROW-hoods,” have been created in apartment buildings, dormitories, offices, and other
    natural localities, and have been used to pool and catalog extensive online inventories of CDs, DVDs,
    video games, books, tools, sporting equipment, baby items and many other durable goods.