Climate Change, Environment Reporting Climate Change

Climate Change is widely seen as the greatest threat to human development – perhaps even to human survival – in modern times. As the issue has moved gradually from the fringes of the news agenda to centre-stage, many journalists have difficulty grasping the implications and disentangling the mass of competing claims. We build the capacity of journalists to cover this critical issue, and help them produce stories that matter to their audiences.

Overview

This programme helps journalists to identify, research and deliver clear, concise and accurate stories on climate change, on its impact on the environment and the lives of ordinary people, and on what can be done to help them adapt. It focuses on coverage that is relevant to both policy makers and general audiences.

The programme assists journalists with issues such as:

  • how to explain climate change in simple terms
  • how to explain its impact on the lives of ordinary people
  • understanding the political and economic conflicts it brings
  • dealing with scientific evidence and forecasts
  • engaging audiences with the scale of what is forecast to happen over coming decades

Track Record

We draw on the Foundation’s experience in reporting on climate change and running other relevant programmes. These include:
-     An innovative climate resilience platform (Zilient) funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Thomson Reuters Foundation develops independent, accurate, and balanced coverage of resilience related news by a dedicated international team of reporters and freelance journalists.
-    An online property and land rights portal – PLACE – which is the first of its kind. It contains exclusive multimedia reportage from a team of correspondents and freelancers around the world. It explores the intersection between climate change, land rights and women’s rights, from briefing notes to expert opinion.
-    The Foundation also disseminates climate  news and best practice through a dedicated section of the Foundation news platform, which in turn reaches the Reuters news wire.
-    The Foundation runs the knowledge management hub for BRACED – a major DFID-funded programme  to build the resilience of people to extreme climate risks and disasters worldwide. The Foundation conducts journalism training on resilience issues in countries where BRACED projects operate.

About Media Development

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is committed to fostering the highest standards of journalism worldwide. We believe accurate, impartial and independent journalism leads to better-informed societies. It holds power to account, strengthens the rule of law and contributes to economic and social development.

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