News Impact Summit - 7 October 2019

Birmingham

A New Era for Climate Change Reporting

A New Era for Climate Change Reporting

On Monday 7 October, the News Impact Summit will arrive in Birmingham to discuss how technological and journalistic innovation is enabling new forms of reporting on the climate and its impact on our lives.

In this summit, we will showcase innovative ways of changing the way we tell stories about climate change. Among other things, we will look at journalistic projects that use mapping and open source intelligence to link climate and data analysis, we will discuss how climate change stories are tackled in the newsroom and how news organisations can produce immersive storytelling that helps the audience understand and appreciate the urgency and complexity of climate change.

The summit will host speakers from the BBC, Carbon Brief, Climate Home, El Surtidor, Al-Jazeera, Quartz, ClimateAdam, the Lookout Station and Extinction Rebellion.

This event is organised by the European Journalism Centre and powered by the Google News Initiative and is free of charge.

More information and programme TBA! Meantime, register below to secure your seat.

Programme

9:00 - 9:45
Registrations & good morning coffee

Pick up your badge, grab a coffee, meet someone you don't know yet, and get ready for an inspiring day.

9:45 - 10:00
Welcome remarks & intro to the programme
Adam Thomas
European Journalism Centre
Matt Cooke
Google News Lab
UK
Vera Penêda
European Journalism Centre
10:00 - 10:30
The rise of the green agenda: interview with Extinction Rebellion

We will find out how Extinction Rebellion's communication strategy has led public concern and action on climate change to record levels. We will also learn what's the movement's next move.

Chloé Farand
Climate Home
Zion Lights
Extinction Rebellion
10:30 - 11:00
First round of Lightning Talks

1. Combining science & journalism on YouTube

With Adam Levy

Better known as ClimateAdam, doctor in atmospheric physics Adam Levy explains complex issues around climate change in playful ways on his YouTube channel. Adam will explain how to use social media to combine science and storytelling to hold attention and motivate action on climate change.

2. Transnational collaboration: a way to expose corruption and polluters

With Laurent Richard

We will learn how a team of 40 journalists from 15 countries put together Green Blood - Environmental Scandals an investigation released by Forbidden Stories that tracked supply chains and used open source tools to look into mines in India, Tanzania, and Guatemala that tried to cover up their activities. Forbidden Stories is a consortium devoted to continuing the work of assassinated or jailed reporters.

Adam Levy
Climate journalist
Laurent Richard
Forbidden Stories
11:00 - 11:30
Conversation - Science & Journalism: two peas in a pod?

How to translate science into journalism? How can journalists better relate to the scientific community? Where and how can journalists find reliable sources on climate issues? Three experts discuss the essential questions about science and journalism collaborations and why scientists and journalists should team up to communicate on the climate crisis.

Leo Hickman
Carbon Brief
Elisabetta Tola
Formicablu and Facta.eu
11:30 - 12:00
Coffee break & networking
12:00 - 12:15
Q&A - Climate Change: what do you want me to say?

Ahead of climate strikes started by Greta Thunberg, the Financial Times and the Royal Court collaborate on a short drama exploring inaction on climate change and why "we never really learnt how to talk about this". A short screening will be followed by a Q&A with film director and producer Juliet Riddell and will take questions on how she did it and the role of multimedia in improving coverage on climate.

Juliet Riddell
Financial Times
12:15 - 13:00
Breakout Session (1) - Systems Hack: decoding fashion and its environmental impact

How can we identify which solutions, products and services are sustainable and which aren’t? Jointly developed by the​ Lookout Station ​and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular​, this session will help participants master some of the systems and life cycle thinking tools that can be applied in day-to-day journalistic research. We will investigate today’s fashion industry in order to explore how products are made and uncover the real causes of the climate problem.

Rina Tsubaki
European Forest Institute
Laura Balmond
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
12:15 - 13:00
Breakout Session (2) - Using drones to document climate change

Sean will discuss how he used drone photography and filmmaking during his latest project documenting the impacts of rising sea levels and climate change in the remote Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu. Sean will discuss the challenges in pitching this story to editors and how the drone was the secret to getting the work funded and published.

Sean Gallagher
Photographer and filmmaker
12:15 - 13:00
Breakout Session (3) - Build your climate bot

The BBC has been using a Facebook Messenger chatbot to help its audience understand climate change. In this session, Dulcie Lee gives practical tips on when and how a chatbot can be helpful to break down complex topics - particularly if you’re trying to understand exactly what your audience wants to ask.

Dulcie Lee
BBC News
Anna Doble
BBC World Service
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch & networking
14:30 - 14:45
Collaboration Talk - Teaming up for the climate

Climate Covering Now, an initiative headed by the Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation, brought together more than 300 outlets and partners worldwide with the shared commitment of maximising coverage of the climate crisis in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. We will find out more about the impact and the future of this initiative.

Jon Allsop
Columbia Journalism Review
14:45 - 15:45
Breakout Session (1) - The power of connections via newsletters

Sign up for this session to learn from the creator of The Race to Zero Emissions, Quartz’s climate newsletter that’s presented as a report card on the solutions to fight climate change. Akshat will give you tips on writing an engaging newsletter and maybe even help you develop an idea for a newsletter of your own.

14:45 - 15:45
Breakout Session (2) - Mapping and connecting climate deniers & governments

We will learn how to investigate and map powerful political networks from two journalists that uncovered the key figures pushing for environmental deregulation via a hard Brexit, and how these characters have embedded themselves into the UK and US governments.

Mat Hope
DeSmog UK
Chloé Farand
Climate Home
14:45 - 15:45
Breakout Session (3) - Digital safety training

We are facing a new digital reality: even the most security-conscious users can be tricked by a sophisticated online attack. Not surprisingly, those who rely on the unhindered flow of information to do their job—like journalists, activists, and business leaders— face a higher risk of targeted online attacks. During this session you will learn how to be safer online by protecting your online accounts. In the process, you will learn tools and tips to maintain the confidentiality of your investigative work, protect the integrity of your content, and ensure accessibility to the news that you put out. Lessons are applicable on platforms and products across the web.

15:45 - 16:00
Coffee break & networking
16:00 - 16:45
Second round of Lightning Talks

1. VR & climate justice: working with experts on the ground

With Viktorija Mickute

Virtual Reality Documentaries have the power to illustrate the different impacts of climate change on worldwide communities. This session will explore the use of VR and 360 videos to tell the stories of these communities and how to learn from them.

2. Immersing the audience with scrollytelling

With Juan Heilborn

Visual editor Juan Heilborn will explain how the news platform El Surtidor innovated around mobile journalism, visuals and scrollytelling to create an immersive experience for readers about deforestation in Paraguay. This multimedia project contributed to put pressure on the government, who ended up extending a law to protect the Chaco region, the second most important ecosystem in South America after the Amazon.

3. A magazine on how to avoid climate breakdown

With Hazel Healy

The latest issue of the New Internationalist on climate made an argument for ‘conditional optimism’, combining info on science and peoples’ movements to produce a magazine on how to best *avoid* climate breakdown. The issue inspired a series of live events around the UK that took the debate out to the wider public.

Viktorija Mickute
Al Jazeera Contrast VR
Juan Heilborn
El Surtidor
Hazel Healy
New Internationalist
16:45 - 17:00
Wrap-up & final remarks

Conclusions and end of Summit programme.

With Adam Vaughan, New Scientist

Adam Vaughan
New Scientist
17:00 - 18:00
Networking drinks

Venue

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The Studio

Confirmed Speakers

Zion Lights

Extinction Rebellion

Leo Hickman

Carbon Brief

Chloé Farand

Climate Home

Dulcie Lee

BBC News

Juan Heilborn

El Surtidor

Elisabetta Tola

Formicablu and Facta.eu

Rina Tsubaki

European Forest Institute

Mat Hope

DeSmog UK

Viktorija Mickute

Al Jazeera Contrast VR

Adam Levy

Climate journalist

Laurent Richard

Forbidden Stories

Juliet Riddell

Financial Times

Sean Gallagher

Photographer and filmmaker

Anna Doble

BBC World Service

Jon Allsop

Columbia Journalism Review

Hazel Healy

New Internationalist

Adam Vaughan

New Scientist

Matt Cooke

Google News Lab
UK

Adam Thomas

European Journalism Centre

Vera Penêda

European Journalism Centre
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