When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report dropped, I found myself feeling discouraged. What can I do? What can any of us do? (Note: if you happen to be the CEO of an oil or car company, you can actually do a lot. Please go do that RIGHT NOW.)
But documenting the effects of climate change is an important part of ensuring change happens — as does telling stories about the solutions. In this edition of the Indie Publisher, I’m giving you a couple of resources and examples on how to report on climate in your community.
The Earth Journalism Network has a guide on how local journalists can report on the UN Climate Report.
Climate Central was launched in 2019 to provide tips and tools for local reporters aiming to tell more stories about climate change and solutions. Here, you’ll find plenty of resources and story ideas to pursue.
Need to get caught up on the science side? Your team can take a climate reporting masterclass offered by Climate Matters in the Newsroom.
Climate Communications, a U.S.-based organization, also offers fact sheets on a variety of topics relating to climate change and offers one-on-one assistance to journalists.
The Society of Environmental Journalists has an excellent list of media organizations’ climate beats, as well as award-winning coverage — definitely a place your team can draw inspiration from.
Covering Climate Now is another organization that brings together journalists working on environmental stories from across the globe. It has tip sheets, reporting and regional guides. You can also apply to join as a partner publisher and share your content.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network has compiled an amazing list of resources and ideas for enterprising journalists.
In the news
- Nieman Lab has an excellent post-mortem on why The Correspondent failed.
- How long does it take a creator to make a sustainable business? Simon Owens breaks it down.
- The Dallas Morning News’ Instagram became a lifeline during the historic Texas winter storm.
- How Le Devoir used Facebook tools to achieve record subscriber growth in 2020.
- Three ways nonprofit news outlets can grow individual giving in 2021.
Opportunities and education
- We’re super-pumped for the inaugural News Philanthropy Summit.
- The Knight Centre has a free online course on product strategies for journalism.
- CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism is looking for Creators in Residence.
And one more thing…
Indiegraf CEO Erin Millar joined The Walrus and Facebook to discuss the future of the internet. You can watch the event replay here.