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Climate Change and the News: Impacts in the Great Lakes

Agenda | Seminar for News Leaders
Climate Change and the News Initiative | Training

Car submerged in flood watersSeptember 19, 2014
WBEZ Chicago
Navy Pier
848 N. Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Check-in: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


For many, climate change seems not only complex, but distant and slow-moving. In the Great Lakes region, the effects of climate change have already begun to appear, affecting everything from municipal approaches to managing polluted stormwater runoff to commercially important fisheries and international water treaties. How can journalists meet the challenge of covering these stories with accurate and locally relevant stories?

To help journalists covering the Great Lakes region deliver strong stories about climate change impacts that will resonate with their audiences, Metcalf Institute, in partnership with WBEZ Chicago, will offer a climate change seminar on September 19 at the WBEZ newsroom on Chicago’s Navy Pier.

As part of Metcalf Institute’s Climate Change and the News series, the one-day seminar is designed to help reporters, producers, photojournalists, and editors better understand climate change science and the specific regional impacts affecting the Great Lakes; provide expert contacts and resources; and inspire solid story ideas to facilitate news coverage of regional climate change impacts.

The climate change seminar will explore:

  • The physical basis for climate change science
  • Effects of climate change on water quality and supply in the Great Lakes region
  • Relationships between climate change and extreme weather events
  • Impacts of climate change upon Great Lake fisheries, forests, and agriculture
  • Public health challenges raised by climate change
  • How climate change is driving policy and economic decisions in the region

The seminar will feature a wide variety of regional experts in these topics. Speakers include:

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Professional journalists based in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, and Ontario are encouraged to apply. The seminar is open to staff journalists and freelancers from all media, and is suitable for applicants from early-career general assignment reporters to veteran environmental reporters and editors. Selections will be made to maximize diversity in professional experience, medium, audience, geography, race and ethnicity, and gender. Confirmed participants will be notified of their acceptance by September 2.

This program is underwritten by The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, with in-kind support from WBEZ-Chicago.