Climate Matters in the Newsroom (CMN) provides reporters with localized climate reporting resources and training. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the project aims to increase reporting on climate change science, impacts, and solutions. CMN expands and builds on the Climate Matters program that has helped hundreds of TV meteorologists become key sources of local climate change information. Since the 2018 launch of CMN 190 journalists have signed up to receive free weekly emails localizing climate stories and data to their media market.
The project is awarding 10 Fellowships to select journalists, with preference for those working in broadcast. Fellows will receive:
- A one-year membership to the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)
- Weekly, localized climate change reporting resources via email on topics including the connections between climate change and extreme weather, the impacts of climate change on health, food, water, and the economy, and climate change solutions
- Access to an online library of hundreds of science based resources providing localized climate data, analyses, and multimedia graphics
- Individualized support to enhance their climate reporting
- Registration and a travel stipend for the October 9-13 annual SEJ meeting in Ft. Collins, Colorado to attend the full schedule of SEJ programming and an all-day, interactive workshop on climate change reporting. Speakers at the workshop include:
- Journalist and Author, Lisa Palmer
- KUNC NPR Reporter, Luke Runyon
- Renewable Energy Expert, Chuck Kutscher
- Water & Climate Researcher, Brad Udall
- Professor of Atmospheric Science, Scott Denning
- Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, Edward Maibach
- Director of Climate Matters, Bernadette Placky
- Director of Climate Communication, Susan Hassol
This is a unique opportunity for a select group of journalists interested in beginning or expanding their coverage of how climate change affects their communities. Submit nominations as soon as possible as selections will be made on a rolling basis. Self nominations are welcomed and encouraged. Decisions are dependent upon meeting the membership requirements of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Review SEJ’s membership eligibility requirements at www.sej.org/how-to-join-sej.