Climate Change - Give Local Journalists a Voice

Oct 10, 2012

Reporting on the Story of the Century

Internews and the Earth Journalism Network have been hard at work! With the UNFCCC and Climate Communications Day just months away, we’re busy getting all of the logistics and details in place, carefully selecting fellows to attend the summit, and arranging thought provoking plenaries and breakout sessions.  

Climate Communications Day

Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) will host the 2nd Climate Communications Day at this year’s UNFCCC Climate Change Summit in Doha, Qatar. This year we will specifically examine how the wealth of environmental and scientific data available can best be harnessed to explain the issues surrounding climate change.

The day-long forum, an official side event of the UNFCC, will bring together journalists, bloggers, press officers, academics, scientists, IT professionals and other communications experts. Climate Communications Day focuses on exchanging insights, lessons learned and innovative approaches to spread news and information about climate change accurately and effectively.

New approaches to communicating climate change

Complex science and uncertain outcomes make climate change a difficult topic to communicate. In addition, communication regarding climate change can be negative - evoking doom and gloom scenarios – or too technical to be considered interesting by broader audiences. But climate change is likely to be the most important story of the century. So how do we reach these audiences? What are other ways we can communicate our messages so that they will be received by other people?

We’re so excited to discuss these topics and more over the course of Climate Communications Day. Stay tuned for more updates to come – we’ll be releasing the official Climate Communications Day schedule with detailed information on plenaries and breakout sessions. From there, you’ll have a better understanding of the important work you are funding.

We are nearly finished selecting the finalists who will attend as fellows to Climate Communications Day. Check back in for profiles, information, and stories from the journalists you are supporting.  

Once again, we would like to thank our Global Giving donors for your support. The importance of local media, especially in regards to climate issues, cannot be understated. In reporting back to their home country about big, international events like COP18, journalists are able to tell readers the information that is most relevant to them.

You are making all the difference to our journalist fellows, who rely on your support to attend this event. We are grateful for all the ways you support our cause.



The Earth Journalism Network supports journalists covering the environment in countries all over the world…explore the Earth Journalism Network and discover the many ways Internews supports open media worldwide.

Want to get involved in a whole new way, and have the opportunity to meet the journalists you support in person? If you’d like participate in our event, you can follow this link and register for Climate Communications Day in Doha, Qatar!




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