Haze, climate change, and media brand responsibility: how Republika calls for public action in saving the environment through smoggy photojournalism
B. S. Wijaya, Aryo Subarkah Eddyono, Dessy Kania, Ari Kurnia & Suharyanti
When the haze disaster struck several regions in Indonesia (especially Kalimantan and Sumatra) in 2015, various parties tried to get involved in saving the environment and preventing the effects of climate change. Republika Daily, as a leading media brand in Indonesia, showed its social responsibility through a news photo of the smog that adorned its front page. By interviewing the editor-in-chief of Republika in-depth and searching for documents online, we identified the reasons why Republika concerned about the haze disaster as part of the impacts of climate change, why using smoggy photojournalism, and how Republika’s social responsibility regarding the environmental disaster arose. Pathetic facts in the field related to the natural conditions, victims of local communities who had suffered the health problems, and economic losses caused by the haze disaster prompted Republika to not only call-for-public-awareness but also call-for-public-action in overcoming the problems and helping the victims. Therefore Republika used smoggy photojournalism to make the public ‘feel’ the conditions on the ground. This research can inspire other media to participate in saving the environment and increasing climate change awareness through creative and impactful ways.
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Wijaya, B. S., Eddyono, A. S., Kania, D., Kurnia, A. & Suharyanti (2020). Haze, Climate Change, and Media Brand Responsibility: Haze, climate change, and media brand responsibility: how Republika calls for public action in saving the environment through smoggy photojournalism. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 423(1). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/423/1/012008