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Locally Sourced — Covering Climate Now

Covering Climate Now

Locally Sourced is a biweekly newsletter from Covering Climate Now. It's for journalists working on local angles of the climate story. Each edition includes story idea suggestions, reporting tips, and examples to serve as inspiration. It's also available in Spanish as “Fuentes Locales.”

News Impact Summit: Fighting climate misinformation

European Journalism Centre

"The News Impact Summit in Copenhagen, organized in partnership with the Google News Initiative, will address how climate misinformation undermines public trust in climate policies and stalls progress toward a green transition." Journalists and media professionals who attend the summit will attend talks, panels, workshops, and interactive discussions that "explore innovative storytelling techniques to highlight the urgency of climate action, debunk falsehoods, and empower communities to demand accountability from policymakers and industry stakeholders."

Five tips for better coverage of the climate crisis

"There is consensus that climate journalism should be accurate, well-sourced, and reflect complexity and uncertainty as appropriate... But what about the huge range of audiences around the world? And the plethora of different platforms, types of reporting (issue-driven or event-driven), and varieties of media organization?" This article goes over five criteria that the authors suggest as a starting point for identifying quality climate journalism. These are: "1) relevance to audiences; 2) out of the environment box; 3) potential solutions; 4) multimodal reporting; and 5) from global to local."

Seven lessons for journalism in the age of extreme heat

"Extreme heat is harming our societies. From children forced to stay away from school and agricultural workers struggling out in the field, to increased demand for electricity and health services, countries are not set up to deal with extreme heat in a warming world. ... "For journalists and newsrooms, this regular rhythm of extreme heat means that we can also prepare our coverage, in the same way we plan the coverage of elections, Olympic Games or the awards season. This idea ... was at the heart of our 2024 Oxford Climate Journalism Network Annual Event: Journalism in the Age of Extreme Heat. ... This is some of what we learned."

Press briefing: War and climate change

Covering Climate Now

"War and climate change are intertwined in ways that journalists need to understand. Violent conflicts in Gaza, Ukraine, and elsewhere are not only causing terrible human suffering, they are fueling the climate crisis." This press briefing from Covering Climate Now discusses the carbon footprints of military operations, how extreme weather can "kindle armed conflict," and how to talk about the climate crisis when war is ongoing. Panelists include Neta C. Crawford from the University of Oxford, Rawan Damen from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, and Ellie Kinney, from the Conflict and Environment Observatory.

How to pre-bunk climate disinformation

Covering Climate Now

"Researchers studying climate disinformation agree: 'Inoculation' is one of the most effective options for countering it, and the first step toward inoculation is 'pre-bunking,' or warning audiences in advance. In this webinar, co-sponsored by Covering Climate Now and Climate Action Against Disinformation, panelists will discuss ways journalists can get ahead of climate disinformation and 'pre-bunk' it in a way that doesn’t amplify the disinfo or cause unnecessary alarm." Amy Westervelt, investigative climate journalist and executive editor of Drilled Media, moderated the panel. The panelists were Ketan Joshi, communications consultant & author, Phil Newell, Director of Science Defense, Climate Nexus, and Dharna Noor, Fossil Fuels and Climate Reporter, The Guardian.

How to effectively cover climate change and reach an avoidant audience

International Journalism Festival

This panel at the 2024 International Journalism Festival discusses the challenge of engaging audiences in climate change coverage. It explored the questions: "How can we change our formats to meet the audience where they are? Can we be playful and entertaining in the delivery, and serious on the facts? What can we learn from successful social media narratives?" Panelists included: Juan Manuel Benitez (Columbia University), Anna Bressanin (US editor, BBC Reel), Adam Levy (journalist and climate communicator), and Amy Westervelt (founder, Critical Frequency).

Climate coverage that engages audiences without overwhelming them

"Climate change remains one of the most challenging stories for media to cover well. The sheer magnitude of the problem, and its unrelenting slow burn of destruction, makes it difficult to engage readers in a personal way." This article highlights stories by journalists around the world that are "distinctive and engaging" in their coverage of the climate crisis. The stories use multimedia and interactive tools to "immerse readers in the enormity of the issue while at the same time personalizing it to each reader, viewer, or user."

Battling disinformation, fending off despair and staying relevant: What’s the future for environmental journalism?


"Environmental journalism — much like the news business more broadly — is in a state of flux. An increasingly urgent climate crisis combined with an evolving media landscape have raised big questions that linger over our profession and our beat." In this session at the 2024 Society of Environmental Journalists conference, panelists grappled with these issues. They discussed how to combat climate disinformation, coping with the feeling of despair, new business models for journalism, and more.
Resource Database / Guide

The Debunking Handbook 2020

The Debunking Handbook 2020 is a guide to debunking misinformation. While it was developed by climate scientists, the tactics described apply to a variety of scientific topics. The Handbook was written by 22 scientists through a consensus process and has been translated into about 20 languages.
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The Drilled 2024 Guide to Climate Disinformation

This guide, from climate accountability newsroom Drilled, unpacks the fossil fuel industry's key misleading messages. It covers gas prices, offshore wind and whales, development in Global South countries, misleading terms, and more. Drilled plans to keep the guide updated as messaging changes.
Fellowships & Grants

Caribbean Climate Justice Journalism Fellowship

Climate Tracker, Open Society Foundation

This fellowship offers "a unique opportunity for Caribbean journalists to hone their skills, tell important stories, and make a real impact in their communities." Over the course of five months, fellows will receive training, support to produce five stories, and engagement opportunities. The fellowship stipend is $200 per month. The 2024 application deadline was April 22.
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Disinformation Resource List — Floodlight & Drilled

Drilled, Spotlight

This tipsheet, compiled for a session at the 2024 Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) conference, shares an extensive list of resources for reporting on climate disinformation. The tipsheet's authors write: "There are so many different flavors of climate disinformation out there, and especially in an election year when climate is on the ballot it can feel overwhelming to sort through it all. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite resources for checking sources, following the money, and sorting fact from fiction. "
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Tipsheet: Data and accountability on the climate change beat


In this tipsheet from a session at the NICAR 2024 conference, journalists describe how to use data and documents to report on environmental issues. The tipsheet includes example FOIA requests, data sources, story links, and more. An audio recording of the session is also available at this link.

Tools for environmental reporting & Should we all be environmental reporters?

International Center for Journalists

In this webinar, journalists Crystal Chow from the International Journalists' Network and Mais Katt from the Environmental Investigative Forum discuss how coverage of environmental issues intersects with different international communities and beats. The event was part of a series preparing for COP27.

Covering climate as an Indigenous Affairs beat

In this article, Tristan Ahtone describes how he has approached harnessing Indigenous frameworks and expertise in covering climate change, as Grist's editor-at-large working on the Indigenous Affairs desk. He writes: "Incorporating Indigenous frameworks into our climate coverage represents a fresh approach and illustrates one of our most important goals: coverage of Indigenous stories for Indigenous readers. And one of the best ways we can do that is by embracing the traditions and practices that Indigenous Affairs desks and reporters have used for years — examining the social, governmental, and economic systems that foster inequality. It’s a framing that’s particularly important for climate change because of the disproportionate effect rising temperatures have on Indigenous communities and peoples who have contributed to it the least."
Fellowships & Grants

Climate disinformation media fellowship 2024

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union

"With this fellowship, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union gives a select number of journalists the opportunity for on-the-ground reporting on climate disinformation case studies. The articles will be published as part of a web dossier on battling climate disinformation. Deadline for applications: Sunday, 10 March 2024, 23:59 CET." Applicants must be based in the European Union or neighboring countries. Special consideration will be given to journalists from regional or local media outlets and who are from diverse backgrounds and can offer lesser-heard perspectives.
Fellowships & Grants

Pulitzer Center reporting grants

Pulitzer Center

"The Pulitzer Center partners with individual journalists and news organizations to support in-depth, high-impact reporting projects. We provide support through short-term grants and yearlong reporting fellowships. We accept applications from freelance and staff journalists worldwide." Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for grants for reporting on a wide variety of topics, including climate and labor reporting, global health reporting, and science misinformation reporting.

The Seedling

Uproot Project

"The Uproot Project produces a biweekly newsletter called The Seedling, which is dedicated to keeping members up to date on all things Uproot. In each issue of The Seedling, one of our members writes to our subscribers about an impactful topic or story that is relevant for the Uproot community. Past issues have touched on topics ranging from extreme heat, to climate fiction, to Bad Bunny lyrics. We also use the newsletter to share job opportunities, fellowships and grants, upcoming Uproot events, and amplifying the work of our members."

Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources is a nonprofit that aims to help journalists "understand and report on the intersections between society and the environment." The organization offers training and support for journalists covering environmental issues, with a focus on hands-on workshops and field reporting opportunities.
Fellowships & Grants

National Tropical Botanical Garden Environmental Journalism Program

National Tropical Botanical Garden

"The Hawaii-based National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is accepting applications for its Environmental Journalism Program offered May 12–18, 2024. Designed for professional journalists (staff or freelance) working in broadcast, print, online, and other media, the immersive program provides a background in tropical botany, ecology, and biocultural conservation with a progressive approach that honors Indigenous legacies and integrates cultural values. The program is structured to enhance well-informed, accurate reporting on environmental issues with a focus on tropical and island systems and the importance of plant science, conservation, and biodiversity." The deadline to apply for the 2024 program was February 21.
Fellowships & Grants

MIT Environmental Solutions Journalism Fellowships


"The MIT Environmental Solutions Journalism Fellowship 2024 supports freelance and staff journalists associated with U.S. local/regional newsrooms in developing a high-impact news project that reports on how climate change and/or the shift to a low-carbon economy relates to local communities and regions, in a way that centers local messengers, values, and priorities." Fellows receive support via a virtual workshop with MIT climate scientists, access to an editor, training on MIT resources, republication of the project through MIT and its partners, and stipends of $10,000 plus up to $5,000 for reporting expenses. The deadline to apply for the 2024 fellowship is April 28.
Fellowships & Grants

IJNR field reporting grants

Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources (IJNR)

"Annually, IJNR invites proposals for grants to help defray the costs of reporting projects that focus on natural resources, the environment, energy, development, agriculture, environmental justice, and public health." Grant opportunities for 2024 are focused on wildlife, conservation, public health impacts, Indigenous reporting, and environmental justice. Reporting projects must be based in or directly related to North America. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2024.

2024 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

Metcalf Institue, University of Rhode Island

"Metcalf Institute’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists is for full-time journalists working in any medium who want learn more about research and topics relating to climate change science, impacts, adaptation, and justice. It’s designed to bolster your understanding of the methods, norms, and culture of science, with hands-on activities, field trips, and opportunities to develop relationships with scientific experts and with your other fellows! We welcome journalists of all beats, such as arts & culture, business, technology, policy, and politics, as climate change shapes all of these fields with ever-increasing urgency." The 2024 workshop will have a special focus on water issues and climate change. It will take place in person at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. on June 3-8, and applications are due by February 12, 2024.

2024 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards

Covering Climate Now, Columbia Journalism Review

The Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards, presented with the Columbia Journalism Review, "honor excellent reporting on critical dimensions of the climate story, from throughout the world." "For 2024, we’ve taken our categories in a significantly new direction. CCNow has identified 14 subject-based categories, whereas in previous years categories were defined by medium. This change will help elevate work on specific and important aspects of the climate story — for example, solutions, justice, and health. To showcase the many ways journalists across the world explored similar subjects, we plan to honor multiple winners in each category, reflecting a range of styles, story lengths, outlet sizes, and geographic regions." The 2024 competition honors works published in 2023. The deadline is March 1, 2024, and entry is free of charge.