Climate Matters in the Newsroom Training at NAHJ Conference July 18

Climate Communication will be at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ International Conference and Career Fair on July 18. We’ll be hosting a half day Climate Matters in the Newsroom workshop on local climate reporting called Global Warming, Local Stories.

A recent survey revealed that 78% of Hispanics in the U.S. are worried about climate change. Despite their high level of concern, fewer than half say they hear about the topic in the news even once a month. In this half-day, highly interactive workshop we will help NAHJ members confidently address this under-reported story.

In a 2018 Climate Matters in the Newsroom survey of NAHJ members, 90% said they’re interested in reporting on local climate change impacts and solutions stories but several obstacles make it difficult: lack of training in climate science; shortage of time for field reporting; a scarcity of role models; and difficulty accessing trusted experts and local sources.

Workshop speakers, including John Morales of NBC-6 in Miami and Ariel Rodriguez of Telemundo, will help reporters overcome these obstacles to report local climate stories. New National Science Foundation-funded climate reporting resources, available for free in every U.S. media market in Spanish and English, will be presented. Participants will have ample opportunity to have their questions answered by experts and practice using the new resources.

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.