NYT Closes Green News Dept, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg Step Up Sustainability Coverage - CSR Minute for March 18, 2013

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NYT Closes Green News Dept, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg Step Up Sustainability Coverage - CSR Minute for March 18, 2013

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:15pm

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I’m trying to make sense of the recent decision by The New York Times to close down its Green blog section. That’s where environmental and energy news and analysis was collected in one very convenient department, carried on its Business and Finance News pages, in print and online. The official reason for this cut? “This change will allow us to direct more production resources to other online projects.

In a post-mortem note, Andrew Revkin, a Times blogger, explained that the Green blog section was “an excellent aggregator of environmental news and analysis that didn’t fit into the flow of conventional articles.” His DotEarth blog, published since 2007, has focused on the broad theme of sustainability because, as he put it, the “’slow drip’ issues are hard to capture and convey through traditional media tools, which are mostly focused on dramatic events happening now, not eventually momentous trends that hide in plain sight.”

Now, Times readers will have to search what the paper admits is “a variety of desks and platforms” to find such information. Revkin’s DotEarth posts are now listed deep within the paper’s Opinion pages.

Other major news organizations are increasing their sustainability coverage instead of cutting back. Bloomberg has a sustainability section on its Web site, with articles such as “One-Third of Companies Report Profits from Sustainability.” That recent story reports that over half of the companies in a recent survey have changed their business models as a result of sustainability opportunities. Seventy percent said they expected their company’s commitment to sustainability, in investment and management attention, to increase in the next year. And Thomson Reuters has launched an entire Web site dedicated to sustainability, with sections covering news about climate and energy, health, law, and corporate governance. 

The CSR and sustainability universe is expanding inside some of the world’s most influential news organizations. This is news you need to know.

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