Some People Get It Right

 
 

We’re not saying the all coverage is bad coverage, or misleading. there are some accurate and inspiring pieces about sharks that sparks good change for the species.

There are headlines that shock then ignite change in hearts one by one. But, there is also destructive coverage of sharks by the media as they struggle to grab the attention of the fickle news cycle audience who demands 24/7 details and breaking news. We applaud accurate coverage of shark encounters and conservation. The more truth that the public knows, the better. Inform your neighbors, friends and family to bring the overdramatized shark coverage down to earth, errr ocean. We want to help change the mindset and knee-jerk reaction to sensationalize these predators. Help us teach the media to highlight the positive influence of sharks in the biosphere.

Apart from science publications, it’s hard to find any journalism that does this. But, we are changing this already in 2018, and we expect to gain momentum in 2019! This past year, Shark Allies was featured on Shark Week’s episode, “Shark Tank Meets Shark Week”. This exposure and prime time programming turned the tables around. By exploring the threats that sharks face and the majesty of their place in our world, momentum was gained at a nationwide level. Another great example is Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert’s skit, “I Know What You Did Last Summer of the Shark,” where they hold a critical yet self-humoring mirror up to the forefront of media coverage of this fragile species. We can do more, and we will with your help. Question the truth in reporting and praise the positive stories out there. Turn sensational headlines into knowledge, action and results. Sharks are not to be feared, they are meant to patrol the oceans and keep it healthy.

Smithsonian Ocean, “5 Reasons to Revere, Not Fear, the Shark”

BBC, “Why the Jaws shark is not a ‘man-eating monster’”

Miami Herald, “After shark attack, North Carolina teen gets help from restaurant where she worked”

Laurel Irvine