Dienstag, 15.10.2019 11:01 Uhr

Explaining sea level rise with the help of gin & tonic

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Maastricht, 01.10.2019, 12:12 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Jochen Raffelberg Bericht 2227x gelesen

Maastricht [ENA] A workshop in Birmingham offers to train media on innovative ways to produce stories about climate change. On Monday 07 October, the News Impact Summit will discuss how technological and journalistic innovation is enabling new forms of reporting on the climate and its impact on our lives. The events offered by the News Impact Academy are free of charge. Travel and accommodation are at the expense of participants.

According to organizers speaker and trainers include representatives from the BBC, The Guardian, Climate Home, Carbon Brief, El Surtidor, Al-Jazeera, Quartz, the Lookout Station and Extinction Rebellion. Among other things they will look at journalistic projects that use mapping and open source intelligence to link climate and data analysis, and discuss how climate change stories are tackled in the newsroom and how news organizations can produce immersive storytelling that helps the audience understand and appreciate the urgency and complexity of climate change. The event is organized by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and powered by the Google News Initiative.

The event will discuss contributors like Adam Levy, a climate scientist and a journalist who combines science and storytelling on YouTube. ClimateAdam, as he is known to his almost 3,000 followers, has been revealing insights of climate science in a “playful and accessible way” for the past five years, according to EJC. He made his YouTube debut explaining sea level rise with the help of a gin & tonic in a pub. He believes that science and journalism is the perfect combination to turn the reality of climate change statistics into human stories. Business developers, founders and directors of news organizations in Europe can apply to attend this program.

Organizers say that the summit provides a day’s immersion into a specific topic through presentations, ignite talks, fireside chats, hands-on workshops, and other collaborative sessions. Since 2014, the European Journalism Centre and the Google News Initiative have organized 26 summits in 19 cities across 15 countries in Europe and the Middle East. The Maastricht-based EJC is an international non-profit connecting journalism with new ideas since 1992. Google News Initiative says it collaborates with the news industry to build a stronger future for journalism. EJC partners include Le Monde, ARD, BBC, YLE, DPA, RAI, Sciences Po, DW, AFP and others.

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