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Covering Climate Change

A Workshop for Journalists

Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 14

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Registration and reception
Nieman Foundation, One Francis Ave., Cambridge, Mass. | map
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner and keynote conversation

Welcome and opening remarks

Speaker introductions
Keynote discussion
Moderator:

Friday, Nov. 15

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast at Nieman
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Communicating About Climate Change
An overview of the latest research on climate communications, public attitudes toward climate coverage and effective messaging around climate issues
Speakers:
Moderator:
10:30 – 10:40 a.m.
Break
10:40 – 11:55 a.m.
Climate Issues Through a Health Lens 
An overview of climate science and connections to health, including climate’s impact on food, vulnerable populations, infectious diseases, health care systems, sanitation and other issues.
Speakers:
Moderator:
11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Climate Issues Through a Community Lens
A look at efforts by local governments, and the public and private sectors to address climate issues at the community level, where people are increasingly concerned about the impacts of climate change
Speakers:
Moderator:
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Break
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Transport to field trip
2:45 – 4:45 p.m.
4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Travel back from field trip
5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Break
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner at Nieman
Keynote conversation with youth climate activists/organizers of the Boston climate strike
Moderator:

Saturday, Nov. 16

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast at Nieman
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Resources and Strategies for Climate Reporting
An overview of tools and resources for climate reporting. Susan Joy Hassol talks about language issues in climate change coverage and offers strategies for journalists on every beat. Sean Sublette introduces Climate Matters in the Newsroom, which provides climate reporting resources, including broadcast-ready graphics localized for every media market in the country.
Speakers:
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Collaborations and Innovations in Climate Reporting
An overview of innovations in climate reporting from multi-platform, cross-publication collaborations to innovative ways of tackling such a complex story
Speakers:
Moderator:
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch
12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Showing and Telling Climate Stories
Capturing people’s attention on climate stories can be a challenge, and finding ways to communicate and illustrate these issues is inspiring some creative and compelling journalism.
Speakers:
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Closing remarks