Climate Matters in the Newsroom Fellowship

Call for Nominations for Climate Matters in the Newsroom Fellows
10 Select Journalists to Receive Climate Reporting Resources and Training

Climate Matters in the Newsroom helps journalists on every beat to tell timely, science-based, local climate change stories. The program expands upon a project called Climate Matters, which provides localized materials to more than 500 weather casters nationwide, but now broadens the training and materials to cover a wider range of climate change impacts and solutions, helping a wider array of media professionals with diverse reporting responsibilities.

The project is awarding 10 Fellowships to select broadcast journalists. Fellows will:
· receive a one-year membership to the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)
· travel to the annual SEJ meeting in Flint, Michigan to participate, expenses paid
· attend an all-day workshop in climate reporting to be held Oct. 3 at SEJ’s annual meeting
· get weekly, localized climate reporting resources and a library of hundreds more
· receive individualized support to enhance their climate reporting

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. Topics for the workshop and weekly materials will include connections between climate change and extreme weather; impacts of climate change on health, food, water, and the economy; and climate change solutions. Expert presenters will answer reporters’ questions. An interactive format will give reporters a chance to practice producing stories using the localized climate reporting materials and get feedback.

Self-nominations are welcome. Submit nominations as soon as possible as selections will be made on a rolling basis.

Climate Matters in the Newsroom is an NSF-funded collaboration between George Mason University, Climate Central, Climate Communication, NASA, NOAA, Society of Environmental Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Radio Television Digital News Association, and Carole Kneeland Project — the aim of which is to enable local, science-based, reporting on climate change.