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The Green Pen: Environmental Journalism in India and South Asia

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The Green Pen is a book about environmental reporting… The book explains how reporting on environment cannot be done in isolation; it is connected with political and economic dimensions. It calls for journalists to have a scientific understanding of environment to be able to report credibly. There are essays on photojournalism, gender and environmental movements…All essays represent strong views and first-hand experience of the active contributions in the field. [The book] is a must have for all journalists, not particularly for those reporting on environment.

(Current Science)

The Green Pen – a collection of essays on environmental journalism is a much needed and welcome addition. It is not simply a conventional book on environmental issues, debates, movements and so on, for a change, this collection is a rare reflection on the state of environmental journalism and reporting…. a very rewarding book.  A must read for all those even remotely concerned with environmental issues.

(e-Social Science)

This book published by SAGE Publications is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia, and is a must for budding environmental journalists and environmentalists.


The Green Pen, a collection of essays edited by Keya Acharya and Frederick Noronha, is an effort to create public awareness regarding the dangers of climate change. This is the first book to highlight the role of environmental journalism in South Asia, recounting the diversified experiences and predicaments of some of the most acclaimed environmental journalists in the region while focusing on what Darryl D’monte calls ‘the context of the development versus environment debate’ in the brilliantly written foreword…The Green Pen is a sincere effort to bring this ‘amused-to-death’ humanity to their senses.


Imperative addition to the shelves of the eco-conscious.

(Business Line)

The Green Pen is an excellent primer to the evolution of environmental journalism in South Asia (Down to Earth)

The Green Pen is an anthology of writings by environmental journalists touching upon the various dimensions of the crises, challenges and experiences of environment reporting in the Indian subcontinent and some of its neighbouring countries. Writers, mostly journalists and environmentalists, delve into the content of the subject matter, covering a large range of environmentally related issues, even as they reflect on its presentation by the media—making this compilation an interesting read for a wide variety of people.


About the Author

Keya Acharya is an independent journalist and researcher, who has been writing exclusively on environment and development for many years and has various national and international publications to her credit. She also teaches development journalism and development issues to media students in Bangalore, where she is based and has conducted several media training workshops. Keya has travelled extensively in the course of her journalism assignments, reporting from various countries on subjects as diverse as solid and hazardous wastes, to human rights, corruption, forestry and wildlife, climate change, agribiotech and others.

Frederick Noronha is a Goa-based journalist and the founder of the India-EJ, the environmental journalists’ cyber-network that links those writing on green issues across India. His works focus on developmental themes and he recently launched an alternative book publishing venture, Goa, 1556 He is known for his work on Right to Information issues (including in unearthing the frequent-but unnoticed crashes of Sea Harrier planes of the Indian Navy), and effectively linking campaigners who worked on a long and successful drive to launch community radio in India.


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Frederick Noronha
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Frederick Noronha
Frederick Noronha (born on 23 December 1963 in Sao Paulo, Brazil) is an independent journalist based in Saligao in the Bardez taluka of Goa. He is active in cyberspace and involved with e-ventures involving Goa, developmental concerns and free software. He writes mostly on free software / open source issues, technology, and computing issues in India. He is co-founder of BytesForAll.

Contents [hide]
1 Education
2 Journalism
2.1 Online ventures
3 Involvement with FOSS movement
4 References
5 External links

Frederick Noronha received a B.Com. degree from Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Panjim, and M.A. (English Literature) degrees from Goa University and University of Bombay.[1] He is also an alumnus of the Internationales Institut für Journalismus (G57 course, 1990), He also received a scholarship from the Institute for Further Education of Journalists (Fojo), Sweden (1998) and was a Sarai Print Media Fellow (2001). He was a Panos Fellow in 2001 (reproductive health and gender issues).


He has been a full-time journalist since 1983. From November 1987 to December 1994, Noronha was staff correspondent for Deccan Herald. From 1994 onwards, he turned a freelancer, and has written for India Abroad News Service (now Indo-Asian News Service), on news related to Goa and, more recently, Information Technology. He also worked as an editorial consultant with Herald (Goa) from October 2003 to April 2004.

He has written articles on Goa, Goan books, media,, environment, development, and information technology. From 1996 to 2006, he has been part of the Admin Team of Goanet, a volunteer and not-for-profit network that links the Goa] diaspora community. Publications that have featured Noronha's works include The Economic Times, The Financial Express, Spider Internet Magazine (Pakistan), Associated Press (photographs), Dawn, BBC website and Outlook.[1][2]

[edit]Online ventures
Together with Partha Pratim Sarkar of Bangladesh, Noronha co-founded BytesForAll, and started, an initiative to promote content-relevant mailing lists in India. He moderates the Goan journalists list goajourno.

He is also involved in running the Docuwallahs2 mailing list, a network that connects a number of Indian alternative documentary film-makers. He is a supporter of copyleft-based models for sharing digital information and resources, with some 6000+ photographs, mainly related available to Goa, available on his flickr page.

[edit]Involvement with FOSS movement

Noronha is a supporter of free software, and is actively involved in chronicling its growth in India and other Asian countries. His articles on Free Software have been published in Linux Journal and Free Software Magazine.[3][4]

He has also participated in a study on FOSS in the 'developing' countries (2003-04) in Finland, and has been a member of the panel deciding on the FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software and The Manthan-AIF Award 2006.[5] He has also spoken at many FOSS conferences, including FOSS.IN.[6]


^ a b "Frederick Noronha: Biographical statement". The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
^ "Authors/People Page: Frederick Noronha". Outlook. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
^ "The social implications of free software". Free Software Magazine. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
^ "Frederick Noronha". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
^ "The Manthan-AIF Award 2006 Jury". Digital Empowerment Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
^ "Ten Tips To Turbocharge The Team: Getting Smaller User-Groups Moving". FOSS.IN 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
[edit]External links

Frederick Noronha's site
Frederick Noronha's blog on Wordpress
Frederick Noronha at Blogger

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