Though we may think about climate change on a global scale, environmental shifts are happening locally, and they affect our daily lives in countless ways. News audiences need to know about the local impacts that directly impact their health and safety, quality of life, and wallets.
As climate change has become a more frequent issue of concern, newsrooms have adjusted by incorporating more coverage of environmental change and its impacts. Unfortunately, many reporters and editors lack the background, sources, and confidence to cover these stories with the depth and nuance they require. Metcalf Institute’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists is designed to address this gap.
The 2022 Annual Workshop will explore flooding, a problem that has become increasingly common in coastal and inland settings. We’ll discuss the ways that climate change is affecting the frequency and intensity of flood events, the consequences of flooding, and how communities are adapting. Climate change is a local story happening in the back yards of all news audiences.
The Annual Workshop is designed to help Fellows gain new insights, sources and resources to aid their reporting, expand peer networks with journalists from around the globe, and produce accurate and contextualized reporting on globally relevant environmental issues. Metcalf Fellows will gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of research practice, climate science, and adaptation measures from leading researchers and policy makers.
The 2022 Workshop will be conducted virtually due to ongoing public health concerns about the coronavirus. We will meet June 1-3 and June 6-10, 2022, during the afternoons of Eastern Daylight Time (approximately 12:30pm-5pm EDT).