New Reporting Resources for Georgia Journalists

Climate Reporting Resources for Journalists of Georgia

Thank you for attending our November 4-5th workshop in Atlanta at Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building of Innovative Sustainable Design.  Toward the end of the workshop, we introduced you to the Climate Matters in the Newsroom program for journalists and TV meteorologists. The
Climate Matters Media Library is your go-to source for local climate reporting resources. Below are additional resources we believe you’ll find useful.


Links Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change

“Quick Facts for Any Story” 

Produced by Climate Communication and SciLine, these fact sheets for journalists summarize the latest science on the linkages between climate change and extreme weather in clear, concise language. They include scientific references and also list accessible experts to interview and common pitfalls to avoid.


Expert Sources

  • Selected experts in Georgia
  • SciLine – This service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science provides journalists with connections to expert sources for reporting.
  • Check out this list of 500 female Climate Scientists in the US from 500womenscientists.org
  • 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:


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. Original research was published in 2004 on this topic,
Balance as Bias by Boykoff & Boykoff. Additional research showed that this improved somewhat from 2003 to 2006. An update on this question since 2006 is in progress. 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 there is a clear scientific consensus: 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


Interactive Maps and Infographics

  • US Energy Information Association – US Energy Source Map
    – explore the distribution of various types of energy sources by clicking the “Layers/Legend” tab and turning on/off the different map key items
  • Solar Energy Industry Association


Other Useful Links