Reporting climate change is complicated. It is full of uncertainty and often requires scientific knowledge and insights to interpret specific events and phenomena.
Bringing scientists and journalists together is needed more than ever before, especially since climate change is one of the most pressing current issues. This is challenging when these two professions cannot connect easily and do not speak the same language.
However, despite the differences in their roles, science and journalism have so much in common.
Both science and journalism seek facts and evidence to interpret what’s happening in our surroundings. They both need to be objective and independent to retain accuracy and credibility. Both are committed to ask the right questions to help answer what the world has not yet been exposed to. Scientists and journalists may speak very different languages, but they do share similarities in their nature and approaches.
So how should we think about connecting these two communities, especially in the context of climate change? And why do we want to do that through innovation and collaboration?
That’s what we will be covering in two sessions at this year’s International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.
During our panel session on ‘Connecting science and journalism though climate change and digital innovation’, we will first take a bird's eye view to (re)define the roles scientists and journalists play in informing the public about climate change, and explore different steps to achieve that mission. We will look at various threats and issues that prevent the process of expanding the public’s knowledge and understanding, and discuss the changes we need in order to advance.
The session will feature some of the world leading experts from journalism and research fields:
We will then go deeper into the journalistic challenges around climate change reporting in our workshop session on ‘Facelift challenge: collaborative processes for climate change journalism’. In this one-hour session, we will be focusing on not only identifying the issues around climate change reporting, but developing possible ideas for collaborative solutions. This session will focus on three thematic areas: 1) Story, 2) Formats and 3) Resources. Both challenges and solutions will be detailed in a shared document, which we will then open up to contributions from wider communities who were not able to join our sessions in Perugia. Contributors joining us for this session include:
The sessions are convened by the Lookout Station, and co-organised by various organisations who are working to connect science and journalism. The co-organisers, contributors and supporters include: Formicablu, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Code for Africa, United Nations University, Public Media Alliance, Climate Tracker, Clean Energy Wire (CLEW), Outliers Collective, Backyard Media, European Forest Genetic Resources Programme, and the Embassy of Israel in Italy.
Come and join us if you are at the International Journalism Festival! For more general information about the festival, visit here.