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Covering Climate Change: A Journalist's Perspective

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Presentation used during the kick-off event of the ThinkAboutIt blogging competition on Climate Change, with Tasha Eichenseher, National Geographic, Science Producer & Editor; Gerald Traufetter, Der …

Presentation used during the kick-off event of the ThinkAboutIt blogging competition on Climate Change, with Tasha Eichenseher, National Geographic, Science Producer & Editor; Gerald Traufetter, Der Spiegel, Science & Technology; Ramesh Jaura, IPS Europa/IDN-InDepthNews; and Asbjørn Jørgensen, Arhus School of Media and Journalism.

Copenhagen, 21 September 2009

Moderator: Raymond Frenken, EUX.TV - The European Affairs Channel

Published in: News & Politics, Technology

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  • 1. A journalists’ perspective
    • Tasha Eichenseher , National Geographic, Science Producer & Editor
    • Gerald Traufetter , Der Spiegel, Science & Technology
    • Ramesh Jaura, IPS Europa/IDN-InDepthNews
    • Asbjørn Jørgensen , Arhus School of Media and Journalism
    • Copenhagen, 21 September 2009
    • Moderator: Raymond Frenken, EUX.TV - The European Affairs Channel
    Covering Climate Change
  • 2. Tasha Eichenseher
    • NationalGeographic.com, Science Producer & Editor
    • Mission NGS: “to inspire people to care about the planet”
    • covered environment issues for E/The Environment Magazine, Environment Science & Technology, Greenwire, others.
    • master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
    • thesis on urban wetland function and restoration.
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 3. Gerald Traufetter
    • Der Spiegel, Science & Technology Editor
    • Since 2000 with Der Spiegel. Previously wrote for Die Woche and Suddeutsche Zeitung and other German publications.
    • Author of “Intuition; the Wisdom of Emotions” (in German: “Intuition: Die Weisheit der Gefuhle”), published in 2007.
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 4. Ramesh Jaura
    • Director of Inter Press Service Europa (IPS)
    • Born in British ‘India’; MA degree from University of Delhi in 1964
    • Covered Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Soviet Union, Austria, Germany and France between 1968 and 1969
    • Chairman of the Global Cooperation Council, which he co-founded in 1983 as ‘North-South Forum’; encouraging genuine dialogue.
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 5. Asbjørn Jørgensen
    • Lecturer and Associate Professor at Danish School of Media & Journalism http://www.dsmj.dk
    • Covered technology for various Danish publications
    • Runs workshops at DSM with international groups on environmental and climate issues in news reporting.
    • Coordinator of training in GEJI: Global Environmental Journalism Initiative http://www.gejiweb.org
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 6. Tasha Eichenseher
    • Cases:
      • http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/03/photogalleries/tipping-points-climate-change/
      • http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/090731-green-sahara.html
      • http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/10/081007-climate-diseases.html
      • http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/1206_041206_global_warming.html
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 7. Gerald Traufetter
    • Cases:
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  • 8. Gerald Traufetter
    • Cases:
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu 1986: 2007:
  • 9. Gerald Traufetter
    • Cases:
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 10. Ramesh Jaura
    • Cases:
      • Funding Climate Change / Climate Debt:
        • http://www.indepthnews.net/news/news.php?key1=2009-07-28%2014:17:49&key2=1
      • Obama: no difference from Bush:
        • http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47202
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 11. Asbjørn Jørgensen
    • Cases:
    • http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2009/aug/17/environment-climate-change
    • http://www.downtoearth.org.in/editor.asp?foldername=20090831&filename=Editor&sec_id=2&sid=1
    • http://www.kemin.dk/en-us/newsandpress/news/sider/greenlanddialogue.aspx
    • http://en.cop15.dk/news/view+news?newsid=2099
    • http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/10-10
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 12. Asbjørn’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • Read, read, read - also global stuff
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 13. Asbjørn’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • Read, read, read - also global stuff
    • Global climate change is a fact, and mankind contributes significantly. Stop discussing that one.
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 14. Asbjørn’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • Read, read, read - also global stuff
    • Global climate change is a fact, and mankind contributes significantly. Stop discussing that one.
    • Keep your readers in mind: what do they know? What do they care about (but do not enter into arguing.)
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 15. Asbjørn’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • Read, read, read - also global stuff
    • Global climate change is a fact, and mankind contributes significantly. Stop discussing that one.
    • Keep your readers in mind: what do they know? What do they care about (but do not enter into arguing.)
    • Look for local activities.
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 16. Asbjørn’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • Read, read, read - also global stuff
    • Global climate change is a fact, and mankind contributes significantly. Stop discussing that one.
    • Keep your readers in mind: what do they know? What do they care about (but do not enter into arguing.)
    • Look for local activities.
    • Suggest solutions. Suggest action. Demand decisions.
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 17. Asbjørn’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • Read, read, read - also global stuff
    • Global climate change is a fact, and mankind contributes significantly. Stop discussing that one.
    • Keep your readers in mind: what do they know? What do they care about (but do not enter into arguing.)
    • Look for local activities.
    • Suggest solutions. Suggest action. Demand decisions.
    • Walk the talk. Yourself.
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 18. Gerald’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • avoid strong key words like ‘catastrophe’. Do not present only the most extreme scenario's of climate change
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 19. Gerald’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • avoid strong key words like ‘catastrophe’. Do not present only the most extreme scenario's of climate change
    • stick to the scientific evidence for climate change
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 20. Gerald’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • avoid strong key words like ‘catastrophe’. Do not present only the most extreme scenario's of climate change
    • stick to the scientific evidence for climate change
    • stick to the information published in peer-reviewed journals
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 21. Gerald’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • avoid strong key words like ‘catastrophe’. Do not present only the most extreme scenario's of climate change
    • stick to the scientific evidence for climate change
    • stick to the information published in peer-reviewed journals
    • be aware of the interests of the players in the debate; especially important when it comes to green energy and other means to fight climate chang
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 22. Gerald’s tips for climate bloggers:
    • avoid strong key words like ‘catastrophe’. Do not present only the most extreme scenario's of climate change
    • stick to the scientific evidence for climate change
    • stick to the information published in peer-reviewed journals
    • be aware of the interests of the players in the debate; especially important when it comes to green energy and other means to fight climate change
    • put the consequences of climate change into perspective of other global (environmental) problems?
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 23. More tips for climate bloggers:
    • ?
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 24. Journalists’ perspective
    • Tasha Eichenseher , National Geographic, Science Producer & Editor
    • Gerald Traufetter , Der Spiegel, Science & Technology
    • Ramesh Jaura, IPS Europa/IDN-InDepthNews
    • Asbjørn Jørgensen , Arhus School of Media and Journalism
    • Copenhagen, 21 September 2009
    • Moderator: Raymond Frenken, EUX.TV - The European Affairs Channel
    Covering Climate Change
  • 25. New ideas?
    • If we have weather channels, we could also have
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 26. New ideas?
    • If we have weather channels, we could also have
    Copenhagen, 21 September 2009 www.thinkaboutit.eu
  • 27. Journalists’ perspective
    • Tasha Eichenseher , National Geographic, Science Producer & Editor
    • Gerald Traufetter , Der Spiegel, Science & Technology
    • Ramesh Jaura, IPS Europa/IDN-InDepthNews
    • Asbjørn Jørgensen , Danish School of Media and Journalism
    • Copenhagen, 21 September 2009
    • Moderator: Raymond Frenken, EUX.TV - The European Affairs Channel
    Covering Climate Change