"Have car, can travel": journalistic practice, oil entanglements and climate reportage in Aberdeen, Scotland

Hinde, D. (2022) "Have car, can travel": journalistic practice, oil entanglements and climate reportage in Aberdeen, Scotland. GeoHumanities, 8(1), pp. 277-286. (doi: 10.1080/2373566X.2021.1942128)

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This article recounts the practice of producing a commercial newspaper feature for a major American outlet on energy transition and the end of the oil boom in Aberdeen, Scotland. Speaking to both media and energy geographies, it pursues journalistic practice as a form of energy ethnography, exposing how entangled journalism practitioners are with the systems they report with reference to the concept of petroculture. Narrating 48 hours spent on the ground in the oil city, it discusses the invisible processes behind the commercial publication of a transition narrative and the experience of working in the field to construct the story. By focusing on questions of transnational power and gatekeeping, the concept of the energy city, and the role of oil in both visible and invisible forms, it uses its unique dual practitioner/academic perspective to speculate on the possibility of moving beyond market friendly “good news” transition narratives to more meaningful interrogations of energy.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hinde, Dr Dominic
Authors: Hinde, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:GeoHumanities
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):2373-5678
Published Online:13 August 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in GeoHumanities 8(1): 277-286
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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