Announcing the Finalists for the 2023 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards

Honoring the best climate reporting from around the world

The global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now today announced 76 finalists for the annual Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards. In its third year, the awards program honors the world’s best coverage of the climate emergency and its solutions. With climate change inflicting record heat across Asia, deadly drought in eastern Africa, and dangerous orange smoke in the Eastern US, the need for accurate and abundant coverage of the crisis and its remedies has never been higher.

These 76 finalists, representing news outlets from six continents, exemplify how journalists everywhere should be telling the climate story. Chosen by international juries composed of distinguished journalists, the finalists include powerful reportage from the frontlines of the crisis, investigative reports holding power to account, in-depth examinations of climate change’s impacts on the most vulnerable, and interrogations of solutions that could still avert the worst.

See all finalists with links to their work here.

This year’s finalists include journalists from such major outlets as CBS Sunday Morning, the Los Angeles Times, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, BBC World News, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Aktuellt/Swedish National Television,  as well as smaller media enterprises including Africa Uncensored, StateImpact Pennsylvania, InfoNile, Laist, and Grist.

“These finalists are blazing a path that journalists everywhere can learn from and emulate,” said Kyle Pope, the editor and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review, which co-founded CCNow, and who is the chair of the CCNow Journalism Awards judging committee. “Rigorous reporting tells the public and policymakers how climate change is upending our world, who’s responsible, and what can be done about it.”

“The number and diversity of entries for the 2023 awards demonstrate that more and more of our colleagues are stepping up to the climate story,” said Mark Hertsgaard, the executive director of CCNow and the environment correspondent for CCNow’s co-founder, The Nation. “We received almost 1,100 entries this year, up from 600 in 2021. Our judges were happy to discover exceptional journalism from media of all kinds and sizes all over the world.”

CCNow will announce the winners of the 2023 awards during Climate Week in September.

Organized by journalists, for journalists, CCNow is a non-partisan, non-profit global journalism collaboration whose 500-plus partner outlets reach a total audience of more than two billion people.