Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Writing and Rhetoric

Second Department

Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Kimberly Drake

Reader 2

Thomas Kim

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In an era of climate change and rising fascism, this thesis posits radical journalism as a critical alternative, with greater ethos, to the mainstream media. Mainstream journalism, which is still characterized by Herman & Chomsky’s propaganda model (2002), overvalues objectivity, which has led to declining public trust in media. Radical journalism, which is transparent about its liberatory aims, can provide the public with language to discuss issues that matter to them and first-person perspectives to give readers a more truthful account of events. The author of this thesis is a climate activist interested in pursuing journalism, and the five articles in this thesis are transparently informed by her activism. These works of radical journalism, on the subject of climate change and militarism, aim to promote social change rather than provide “objective” narratives.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.