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Covering Autos, Climate, and Energy: Overcoming Challenges Facing the Media

Covering the auto industry has gotten a lot more interesting … and a whole lot more challenging too. Reporting on climate change, energy, and auto issues continues to pose daunting challenges to popular media reporters, especially as their own institutions [...]

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Growing Role for New Media Foreseen As Climate Science/Public Opinion Diverge

Several public opinion polls of Americans’ attitudes suggest that much of the science of climate change is getting lost in the fury surrounding its politics. A recent Pew survey, for instance, reports that the percentage of Americans who believe “solid [...]

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Reporting on Municipal Sustainability Efforts; A roadmap to covering the ’2E’s and an S’ of the Story

Media coverage of Seattle’s citywide effort to reduce the use of plastic bags became a story on the impact to low-income people. A newspaper report of New York City’s climate adaptation plan to respond to a potential 12- to 23-inch [...]

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Two Weeks of Intense Climate Dialogue Over Columnist George Will’s Flawed Column

With luck and the passage of time, the annals of climate change will neither note nor long remember (thank you, Abe Lincoln) the communications imbroglio that for some, and too many, characterized the last two weeks of February 2009. There [...]

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KQED’s ‘Climate Watch’ Offers Compelling Multimedia Coverage

You can hear the two reporters and researcher laboring up the mountain, their boots scrunching against loose gravel, their lungs sucking in the Sierra air at 11,500 feet. KQED radio’s Sasha Khokha and Gretchen Weber are reporting from Yosemite, following [...]

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The Forest for the Trees? Covering Western Tree Deaths

On January 22 and 23, major new outlets reported on a study of tree death in the American West, a sobering analysis of how warmer temperatures affect old-growth trees. The study was released that day in the journal Science. Trees [...]

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What Lies Ahead as Mainstream Outlets Shrivel?

Potential Abounds, But Will They Deliver? New Media and Coverage of Environment

As the watchdog press splinters from an aged business model, the prospects for original reporting of climate change and environmental topics have seldom appeared more uncertain. Indeed, mainstream coverage of global climate change dwindled last year as newspapers filed for [...]

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