Course Code: JN27.1e
Term: Self paced
Open for Enrollment
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This course is designed to help journalists cover environmental stories and address the impact of climate change in a way that engages their audience. It will explain how environmental factors influence so many news stories which, at first glance, appear unrelated. Exposing the links can bring context, explanations and surprises to the audience as to why certain things are happening where they live. The course will explore storytelling techniques to keep these stories relevant and engaging. You’ll be helped to understand how issues at a local level are connected to the global picture on the state of the environment and climate change, whether it’s children being unable to get to school or homes being flooded. Environmental destruction and climate change can foster a feeling of helplessness in an audience. The course will explore the importance of solutions-based journalism to better inform and engage. It’s a critical time for local reporters trying to explain environmental issues to their audiences. This course aims to give you the tools to do that job.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Catherine Mackie, your course instructor, is an Editorial Associate at the Thomson Foundation. She’s a former BBC senior journalist with almost 30 years experience in front of and behind the camera. She’s an examiner for the UK’s National Council for the Training of Journalists and a former Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.
Joining Catherine is a team of experts.
Top row: L to R
PATRICK GREENFIELD is a reporter with the UK-based Guardian media. He writes about biodiversity loss, the climate crisis and possible solutions. Before working at the Guardian, he was a producer with CNN.
LEO HICKMAN is the director and editor of Carbon Brief a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. They specialise in data-driven articles and graphics to help improve understanding of climate change. In 2020, he was named Editor of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers.
LAURA ROCHA is the president of Periodistas por el Planeta (Journalists for the Planet), an organisation of environmental journalists across Latin America who try to bring environmental and climate change stories to the attention of politicians and economists.
Bottom row: L to R
PA LOUIS THOMASI is the Director of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Africa office.
SVEN EGENTER is the Editor in Chief and Executive Director of Clean Energy Wire (CLEW). As well as writing about the energy transition in Germany and beyond, CLEW also trains journalists to help them understand and report on environmental and climate change solutions.
You can complete this course in 3 hours across multiple sections
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