Course Code: JN26.1e
Term: Self paced
Open for Enrollment
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This course is designed to give journalists the skills required to investigate local environmental stories and recognise if and how they are linked to the biggest issue facing the planet: climate change. It will guide you on how to expose the political and economic drivers behind many local environmental issues and where to turn for reliable data, sources and information. Interrogating the role of the journalist and treading the line between impartiality and activism is an important part of the course. You’ll be guided through some key terminology to help with understanding and our experts and environmental reporters will help you recognise the unique role local journalists have to play in changing the narrative around climate change. As countries around the world prepare to attend the Conference of the Parties (Cop26), United Nations climate change summit in Glasgow, UK in November, 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
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
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 and an examiner for the UK’s National Council for the Training of Journalists. She’s 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.
Dr RICHARD DANBURY is an academic lawyer, journalist and former criminal barrister. He directs the MA in investigative journalism at City, University of London in the UK.
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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