Climate, Data and Journalism (#cdj2015)

Upcoming Event

CWNYC_logo2015Climate, 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

Agenda

1:00pm Welcome + Orientation
Mark Hansen, Director, Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Francesco Fiondella, Sr. Comms. Officer, 
International Research Institute for Climate and Society 

1:10 pm Keynote
Heidi Cullen, Chief Scientist, Climate Central

1:35 pm Telling stories with climate data
Walter Baethgen, Senior Research Scientist, IRI

2:00 pm Climate Communication, Beyond Journalism
Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth Blogger, New York Times

2:25 pm Panel: Examples of Data-informed Climate Journalism
Derek Watkins, New York Times
Brian Kahn, Climate Central
Eric Roston, Bloomberg Business
Katherine Bagley, Inside Climate

3:10 pm Breakout groups
• Challenges & opportunities in accessing & using climate data
• Public engagement in creating & using data
• Using data to tell compelling stories about the climate

4:25 pm Report back

4:50 pm Wrap up
Cathy Vaughan, IRI

5:30 Close