Good climate journalism is, unfortunately, hard to find. Which is why I'm pretty excited to follow the new Earth Journalism Awards competition...
Good climate journalism is, unfortunately, hard to find. Which is why I'm pretty excited to follow the new Earth Journalism Awards competition (which we previously mentioned here). Organized by the Internews Network, the EJAs-"Honoring the world's best climate change reporting"-have whittled down over 450 pieces of climate-related reporting to 15 finalists. These run quite a range of subject matter (not to mention place and medium of publication), including stories on carbon capture and sequestration for Scientific American, a Reuters piece on loopholes and cracks in the emerging carbon markets, a five-part ClimateWire series on climate-induced migration from Bangladesh (which got my vote), and even a Youtube rap video on climate impacts in Kenya. Also in the finals is Bill Wheeler's recent GOOD piece on the water crisis in India and Pakistan.It's well worth giving all the finalists a good look. Too few media outlets are putting the energy and resources into good, thorough coverage of climate change's impacts and solutions, with all the nuance and detail that the subject really demands. It's encouraging and exciting to see that it's out there, and hopefully these awards can help drum up editorial interest for more such deep, searching, and creative reporting.