Talking Shop: Climate Journalism Through a Solutions Lens

Our webinar focused on the solutions side of the climate story. See below for key takeaways and a recording of the event.

During our Talking Shop centered in climate solutions journalism, we partnered with Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) to breakdown the process and impact of storytelling that investigates solutions with just as much rigor as issues. A summary with key takeaways and the complete event recording is available here.

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The climate emergency is a problem of unprecedented proportion—but there are solutions all around us. Too much climate journalism focuses only on the problem, rather than on how to fix it. This interactive webinar, on May 19 from 12 to 1 p.m. US Eastern Time, will help improve your coverage of the solutions side of the climate story.

To be clear, solutions journalism is not wishful thinking or cheerleading; it is rigorous, evidence-based reporting that scrutinizes responses to social issues. On the climate story, solutions journalism is essential to helping audiences understand how governments, companies, communities and individuals can tackle both sides of the challenge: slashing emissions of heat-trapping gases as well as building resilience to the heat waves, sea level rise and other impacts that are now unavoidable.  

Solutions journalism also helps newsrooms to attract bigger and more trusting audiences. New research shows that a majority of respondents in six diverse American cities prefer solutions-oriented stories to coverage that emphasizes only the problem under discussion.

In this webinar, co-sponsored by the Solutions Journalism Network, we’ll learn how to think differently about climate reporting, including the role of journalists in vetting solutions to the climate emergency. Our panelists, journalists participating in SJN’s Business & Sustainability Initiative, will discuss how focusing on the communities most impacted by climate change has grounded their reporting in the questions that matter most to their audiences. And they’ll share concrete ideas for incorporating a solutions perspective  into your own climate reporting. As always during CCNow’s Talking Shop events, there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

 RSVP NOW—WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

 

PANELISTS 

  • Vania Andre, Board Chair and Publisher, The Haitian Times 
  • Doug Fraser, Environmental Reporter, Cape Cod Times and Member of Gannett/USA Today National Climate Change Team
  • Fara Warner, Initiative Manager, Solutions Journalism Network 

Mark Hertsgaard, CCNow’s executive director and the environment correspondent for The Nation, will moderate.

DATE/TIME, via Zoom: Noon to 1p.m ET, May 19, 2021

QUESTIONS: Please email symone@coveringclimatenow.org.

This event is co-sponsored by Covering Climate Now and Solutions Journalism Network:

Covering Climate Now is a global journalism initiative committed to strengthening coverage of the defining story of our time. Our partners include over 400 news outlets with a combined audience approaching 2 billion people. 

Solutions Journalism Network’s mission is to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. They seek to rebalance the news, so that every day people are exposed to stories that help them understand problems and challenges, and stories that show potential ways to respond. They help reporters, producers, and editors bring the same attention and rigor to stories about responses to problems as they do to the problems themselves

 

RSVP for this Talking Shop event now!