Resources for Journalists of the Carolinas

Climate Reporting Resources for NC and SC Journalists

Thank you for attending our September 13-14, 2019 workshop at UNC which introduced you to the Climate Matters in the Newsroom program. The Climate Matters Media Library is your go-to source for local climate reporting resources. Below are additional resources. 

Expert Sources

  • Selected experts in North Carolina
  • Selected experts in South Carolina
  • SciLine – This service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science provides journalists with connections to expert sources for reporting.
  • Climate Science Rapid Response Team – Online service that provides journalists with connections to expert sources on climate science
  • Climate Feedback – This website houses climate scientists’ reviews of published journalism, assessing its scientific credibility

Science and Impacts 

The Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment

The Third U.S. National Climate Assessment

Other Primary Scientific Resources

“Quick Facts for Any Story” produced by Climate Communication and SciLine: the latest science on the linkages between climate change and extreme weather in clear, concise language

Southeast Regional Science

Health Impacts

Scientific Consensus

When applied to basic facts about climate change (that it is real and human caused), the journalistic norm of “balance” results in a biased representation of the facts. Though there has been some improvement, recent surveys of journalists by our team at George Mason University show that false balance persists (see the Journalists’ Opinion section below).

This is a problem because based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human caused global warming is happening. All major scientific societies agree that climate change is real and human caused. This can be seen, for example, in statements from the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

A resource for understanding and communicating this consensus is The Consensus Handbook.

John Oliver showed how humor can be used to make this point on his HBO show “This Week Tonight”.

Public Opinion 

 Journalists’ Opinion 

See the Climate Matters in the Newsroom reports on surveys of:

Language Issues 

The Resources section of this website includes several relevant articles on this topic including:

Myth Debunking

When debunking common climate myths, it is important to understand the psychology of doing this effectively to avoid reinforcing the myths. The website Skeptical Science explains and debunks common climate myths.  They also offer a handbook on effective myth debunking.

Exemplary Reporting

Fellowships and Funding

Other Useful Links