Climate Reporting Resources NAHJ Workshop

Thank you for attending the Climate Matters in the Newsroom workshop Global Warming, Local Stories at the NAHJ annual convention. The Climate Matters Media Library is your go-to source for local climate reporting resources. If you have not yet done so, you can sign up for the Climate Matters in the Newsroom materials and join the Facebook group.

Below are additional resources. They are organized in the following categories, all under a general heading of Climate Change: Hispanic Community, Expert Sources, Science and Impacts, Regional Science, Health Impacts, Scientific Consensus, Public Opinion, Journalists’ Opinion, Language Issues, Myth Debunking, Exemplary Reporting, and Grants & Fellowships.

Climate Change and the Hispanic Community
Climate Change and the Hispanic Mind, research from Yale University.
Hispanic physicians address health effects of global warming. Spanish-speaking U.S. residents have an elevated risk of asthma and heat stroke, which rising temperatures could worsen.

Expert Sources
• SciLine is a service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which provides journalists with connections to expert sources for reporting.
• Climate Science Rapid Response Team is an online service that provides journalists with connections to expert sources on climate science.
Climate Feedback houses climate scientists’ reviews of published journalism, assessing its scientific credibility.

Science and Impacts
Climate Change Impacts in the United States, 2014, the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most recent complete assessment.
Climate Science Special Report, 2017, Volume 1 of the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment. (Volume 2 of the fourth assessment will be published in late 2018).
What We Know published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information is the world’s largest repository of climate data.
NASA Climate Website has well presented data, visualizations, and more.

Regional Science
• Each state has a State Climate Office, search for “State Climate Office” and your state.
• NOAA funded Regional Science Centers.
• The USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) manages the eight regional Department of the Interior Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs). Each CASC addresses regional impacts of climate change by offering on-the-ground support and research.

Health Impacts
The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, 2016 published by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
MEDICAL ALERT! Climate Change Is Harming Our Health, published by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health.

Scientific Consensus
Although 97% of climate scientists have concluded that climate change is real and human caused – and all the major scientific societies have affirmed this consensus including the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society  – many news reports present an opposing view in the name of balance (false balance).
• Original research (2004) on false balance, Balance as Bias by Boykoff & Boykoff.
• A resource for understanding and communicating the scientific consensus on climate change is The Consensus Handbook.

Public Opinion
Climate Change in the American Mind: March 2018. National survey data from researchers at Yale and George Mason University.
Yale Climate Opinion Maps. U.S. 2018, Americans’ views on climate related questions, down-scaled to the county level.

Journalists’ Opinion
See the Climate Matters in the Newsroom reports on surveys of:
National Association of Black Journalists.
• National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
• Society of Environmental Journalists.
• Radio Television Digital News Association.

Language Issues
The Resources section of this website includes several relevant articles on this topic including:
(Un)Natural Disasters: Communicating Linkages Between Extreme Events and Climate Change.
Communicating the Science of Climate Change (includes words that mean different things to scientists than to the public).
Improving How Scientists Communicate About Climate Change.

Myth Debunking
When debunking common climate myths, it is important to understand the psychology of doing so in order to avoid reinforcing the myths. The website Skeptical Science explains and debunks common climate myths and offers a handbook on effective myth-debunking and smartphone apps.

Exemplary Reporting
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Tony Bartleme of the Charleston Post and Courier’s series Every Other Breath: Hidden Stories of Climate Change.
• Meera Subramanian’s series Finding Middle Ground: Conversations across America.
• Climate Matters videos: examples of video clips based on Climate Matters materials on  the topics of hummingbirds, hurricanes, wildfires, solar energy, and pollen.
• Robinson Meyer’s article in The Atlantic “The American South Will Bear the Worst of Climate Change’s Costs“.

Grants, Fellowships & Funding
Climate Matters in the Newsroom Fellowship includes a one-year membership to SEJ and an expense paid trip to Flint, Michigan for their annual conference (October 3-7) and an all-day workshop on climate reporting on October 3, 2018.
• Fund for Environmental Journalism, Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ).
Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, offers several grants.
Mongabay Special Reporting Initiatives.
The Nation Institute Investigative Fund, offers several grant and fellowship opportunities.
International Reporting Project.
Fulbright offers fellowships and awards in several categories for larger projects.
Alicia Patterson Foundation offers a fellowship for larger projects by print journalists.
Howard Foundation at Brown University, offers a limited number of fellowships to support larger projects of early and mid-career artists, scholars, and writers.
• The Poynter Institute published “Where can you find funding for that local journalism project? Here’s a quick guide.” Resources for funding specific projects and addressing larger issues in journalism are provided.

 

Other Useful Resources

• The Resources section of this website has links to other useful websites on climate science and solutions.
•  Climate Visuals has a large collection of photographs that illustrate climate change’s causes, impacts, and solutions.