One-time Washington Post (and before that Washington Star) science writer Cristine Russell offers a new-media look at face-to-face journalism training with a useful piece on Ohio State University’s October 12-14 McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute workshop on covering climate change.
Russell, now a senior fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, describes attending local reporter’s approaches to the challenge of covering climate change issues and localizing the story for their audiences. “We’re hyper-local in coverage. Everything has to be seen through the local lens,” she quotes a Las Vegas Sun reporter as saying. It’s by no means an uncommon view among newspaper reporters these days.
Russell, currently President of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and a former president of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), clearly relished the opportunity to mingle with young reporters and learn more about the new technologies reporters increasingly are turning to. “Encouraging that lots of young folks are still in the newspaper business. And working hard,” she wrote in an e-mail spreading word of her posting. “Also, got a chance to join Twitter and a Ning social networking site. You should try it!!”
With live links to photos and PowerPoint presentations offered by an impressive range of faculty, Russell’s CJR Observatory piece provides useful resources for media wanting to stay abreast of the ever-expanding, and always challenging, climate change story.