On Earth Day, New Tools for Environmental Reporting

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Interactive US Map of Climate Change News Launched

The Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) has launched Climate Commons, a map-based interactive platform that contains layers of news and information on climate change in the United States. It is designed to provide academics, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with the latest data and stories on the causes and impacts of, and responses to climate change across the country.

Climate Commons map

The map combines the most recently available data on climate change indicators, such as temperature, precipitation, and emissions, with the latest, geo-tagged stories on climate change in the United States. Read more>>

UC Berkeley and Internews Host Conference and Events for Environmental Journalists

At UC Berkeley on May 1, join environmental journalism leaders from around the world to meet and network with students and faculty from the Earth Journalism Scholars Program at UC Berkeley, a joint project with Internews' Earth Journalism Network; and on May 2 join the Earth Journalism Network’s regional partners from Asia, Africa and Latin America at a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. Read more>>

Digging into Agricultural Journalism: New Toolkit Covers Food Sovereignty, Sustainable Farming

EJN has published a toolkit in four languages for journalists working on stories about food security and agro-ecology, the application of ecological science to the study, and design and management of sustainable agricultural ecosystems.

"Right now, agriculture and food systems are at a crossroads. If the world is to feed itself sustainably, it needs to be better informed about the available options," says Jeff Rutherford, author of the toolkit.

The toolkit includes a wealth of useful statistics, information sources, links to further readings, journalism tips, and definitions of terminology. Read more>>

Coverage of Fisheries and Ocean Issues Limited in China, Study Shows

In early September 2012, EJN brought eight Chinese journalists to the Seafood Summit in Hong Kong, where they received training from journalists and seafood experts, embarked on an intensive three-day field trip in southern China, and filed stories to their home media organizations. (Watch a video about the seafood journalism workshop.)

Given the importance of China to the sustainability of global fisheries – it is the largest seafood producer in the world by a wide margin, and a major re-processor, importing fish from over 100 countries – EJN also  commissioned a long-term study of Chinese media coverage of fisheries issues. The report, carried out by researchers at Hong Kong University (HKU), analyzed Chinese publications and carried out in-depth interviews with Chinese journalists.  Read more>>

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  • EJN´s Regional Leaders Assume Key Role as Climate Mentors

    3 women smile at the camera, one is holding a sheet of paper.
    Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    Some of the developing world’s most experienced reporters on climate change are now working as mentors to junior reporters, to advance the quality of climate change reporting and amplify the voices of those most affected.

  • Journalists from Developing Countries are Particularly Critical at this Year’s Climate Change Negotiations

    COP21 Paris 2015
    Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    Scientists have warned that the world is burning through its carbon budget so quickly that, unless we change course now, we will soon pass the threshold beyond which global warming becomes catastrophic and irreversible.

    In an attempt to mitigate the effects, the United Nations has been conducting global negotiations on climate change for more than 20 years, with currently 196 signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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