Getting the Scoop, the Science and the Storytelling
that Matter Most to Your Audience
A free training program for reporters at the University of Florida
College of Journalism and Communications on Nov. 7
From rising incidence of heat stroke in youth sports to the impact of sea-level rise on coastal real estate values, the story of climate change now crosses every beat. These issues aren’t just the realm of environmental news. They are now appearing in reports from sports, politics, business, healthcare and even courts, as Florida begins to see the first lawsuits against local governments that fail to protect low-lying property from increasing storms and erosion.
On Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications— in partnership with the Florida Climate Institute, Climate Central and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication—is offering free training for 20 Florida-based journalists as part of the National Science Foundation-funded project Climate Matters in the Newsroom.
Join us in Gainesville for a half-day workshop devoted to local climate reporting, followed by an evening program on telling the story of climate science through weather. Hear the latest scientific research and solutions, along with best practices for reporting on them. Discover leads on a wide range of impacts to health, local economies and more. Ask questions. Get data localized for your region, including special Spanish-language materials. Check out exemplary work by peers. And return home with a file full of news and feature ideas, new sources and creative approaches to one of the biggest stories of our time.
General assignment reporters and journalists on any beat may apply for the program, which includes meals and lodging at UF’s campus hotel. (Participants provide their own travel to Gainesville.) No prior experience in climate change reporting is necessary.