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Climate change reporting in a post-pandemic world:

How can media organisations keep climate change top of the agenda at the dawn of a pivotal decade?

To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Reuters is launching a series of webinars that will examine the environmental crisis through the lens of a global pandemic.

Over the course of four webinars, running from May to June 2020, Reuters editorial team will be joined by experts, activists, journalists and professors to share expertise and experience, offering listeners a unique perspective into environmental coverage and the implications of the coronavirus.

 

With the coronavirus dominating headlines, how can media organisations also do justice to the even bigger story of climate change?

Reuters is teaming up with Covering Climate Now’s “Talking Shop” series, to co-host a webinar where journalists discuss how to meet this challenge.  As newsrooms around the world grapple with furloughed staff and reduced budgets, we invite reporters and editors from all platforms—digital, print, TV, radio, multi-media—to join the conversation about how to create impactful journalism that resonates with the public and policymakers alike.

As this will be an interactive webinar, where speakers briefly kick off the conversation, most of the hour will be devoted to collegial back-and-forth.  Topics include how reporters and editors can:

  • Persuade newsroom colleagues that climate change deserves high-profile coverage
  • Generate climate stories that cut through the noise and have impact
  • Integrate climate across all reporting disciplines and beats
  • Harness the huge interest in this topic to grow younger audiences and drive revenue

The panel will be hosted by Matthew Green, climate correspondent at Reuters. Panelists include Mark Hertsgaard of The Nation, who co-founded Covering Climate Now with the Columbia Journalism Review, alongside Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson of Reuters, and Jane Spencer of The Guardian.

 

Jane Spencer is deputy editor and head of strategy at The Guardian US. She was executive editor of The Daily Beast, editor-in-chief and senior vice president at Fusion Media Group. She started her career as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 2007 for coverage of China’s health and environmental problems.

Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson is senior editor for special projects and The Wider Image, Reuters award winning imprint for long-form photojournalism. She also leads the Yannis Behrakis Photojournalism grant program – a year long mentorship program for young photographers. Gabrielle has worked on assignments for Reuters including the 2012 Olympics and Hong Kong protests.

Mark Hertsgaard is the executive director of Covering Climate Now and the environment correspondent for The Nation.  He has reported on climate change from 25 countries and much of the US for print, digital, radio and TV outlets around the world and is the author of books including Earth Odyssey and HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. 

 

Matthew Green is a climate correspondent for Thomson Reuters, based in London. Prior to that he worked as a correspondent on assignments in east and west Africa, and in Afghanistan and Pakistan, for Reuters and the Financial Times.

 

Covering Climate Now is a global journalism initiative dedicated to transforming coverage of the climate story. Organized by journalists, for journalists, its partners include Reuters and more than 400 news outlets with a combined audience approaching 2 billion people.