Climate, Data and Journalism
The role of data in helping us to report better climate stories
Thursday, September 24
1:00 – 5:30 pm EDT
Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University
2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
The science leaves little doubt: human activity is profoundly altering the Earth’s climate, and the social, geopolitical, and human implications of these changes are already being felt by developed and developing countries alike. The threat posed by climate change might well be the most important story of our time, but journalists struggle to tell this story in a way that is scientifically rigorous and compelling to a broad audience.
While researchers produce a great deal of data about the existence and effects of climate change, very little of it is readily available to a non-specialist audience in a user-friendly platform. Journalists don’t have the time to sift through terabytes of data to find what’s most relevant for their needs; they often don’t have the expertise to translate that data into stories, and when they do tell stories about climate change, they struggle to make a complicated, networked problem fit into the arc of a traditional news story.
This Climate Week event, organized jointly by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and the International Research Institute for Climate & Society, will talk through challenges and opportunities associated with data-informed story telling — identifying promising sources of information, innovative visualization methods, and avenues for the climate and journalism communities to come together to use narrative to raise awareness of and access to climate information.
The workshop will also include specific discussion around challenges and opportunities in accessing and using data; public engagement in data production and use; and modes of communicating climate stories in ways that are compelling and spur action.
To register for the event, please send a paragraph mentioning your affiliation and interest to Cathy Vaughan at ude.aibmuloc.irinull@nahguavc.
Conference hashtag: #cdj2015