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Partnership with Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

Partnership with Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting are partnering to connect journalists reporting on climate change with leading researchers and students studying climate change communication. As part of their Campus Consortium Partnerships, the Pulitzer Center will collaborate with YPCCC to bring leading environmental journalists to the Yale campus to give public presentations and lead seminars for Yale faculty and students. The Pulitzer Center will also support a competitive fellowship program, giving Yale students an opportunity to work directly with Pulitzer journalists as part of a training program in Washington, D.C. As partners, YPCCC and the Pulitzer Center will collaborate to produce, promote, and distribute climate-focused content to a wide national audience.

The first event hosted by the partnership was a talk in December 2016 by Yale College alumnus and Science Magazine journalist Eli Kintisch. Kintisch discussed his work in the Arctic and climate communications. Watch video from the event here. In March of 2017, Yale Climate Connections hosted a climate change radio journalism workshop with the Pulitzer Center. Students from across Yale University were invited to spend the day learning about climate reporting and honing their own pitches with guidance from climate change journalists.

For three years, YPCCC has also awarded a summer fellowship and travel grant to Yale students. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) masters student Elham Shabahat received the inaugural fellowship in 2017; she explored the impact of climate change on the mountain gorilla and people living near its habitat in Rwanda. Elham’s photo essays on her work can be viewed here and here. In 2018, Rohan Naik (Yale College ’18) received the fellowship to research how air pollution in London impacts the city’s most vulnerable residents. More details on Rohan’s research can be found here. In 2019, Emma Johnson (F&ES 2020) investigated the environmental, social, and economic impacts of hydropower in Bhutan. Emma’s storymap is accessible here.

The application deadline for the 2021 YPCCC/Pulitzer Climate Change Reporting Fellowship is midnight on January 22, 2021.  Current Yale students (undergrad or grad) are eligible for the fellowship including those graduating in 2021.

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