Green Ink

Michael Frome, who began his distinguished career in environmental journalism in the 1960s, has been called the dean of American conservation. As former Senator Gaylord Nelson once told the members of Congress, "No writer in America has more persistently and effectively argued for the need of a national ethics of environmental stewardship."

In Green Ink: An Introduction to Environmental Journalism, Frome has forged decades of experience in the field he helped pioneer into a valuable primer for environmental advocates and writers. This appealing blend of anecdote, advice, personal testimony, and a nuts and bolts instruction offers a thorough survey of rewards and challenges that environmental studies students might expect to encounter on along their chosen career paths. In addition to the extraordinary contributions made by "marquis" names such as Rachel Carson and Bernard DeVoto, Frome recounts the remarkable stories of a host of other writer-advocates and their largely unsung roles in investigating and publicizing environmental problems and abuses.

Praise and Reviews:

"A true pioneer in environmental journalism, Michael Frome combines a thorough understanding of the conservation issues the United States is facing with firsthand observation to produce a body of environmental reporting and commentary unparalleled in his lifetime."—Michael J. Kirkhorn, Gonzaga University

 “Goes beyond the old adage warning against the danger of getting in in your blood. Provides both the rationale and method for allowing your blood to run green. Frome’s best advice allows the environmental journalist (or any journalist, for that matter) to escape the artificial bounds of objectivity.”
—Bloomsbury Review

 “An informative, inspiring overview of the field. The strength of the book is its theoretical introduction to “green ink”; however, it also includes practical hints on interviewing, developing sources, and conducting research. A useful reference for undergraduate journalism collections, and an informative and inspiring book for undergraduate environmental studies collections.”

 “It’s like sitting down with a good friend, and learning their down deep feelings on the subject of environmental journalism. Worth the effort.”

“A bugle call.”
—Environmental Writer

 “Equal parts anecdote, advice, personal testimony, and nuts-and-bolts instruction. The author writes with passion about advocacy journalism in regard to the environment.”
—Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment