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Event: Climate Change Radio Journalism Workshop with the Pulitzer Center

Learn the basics of reporting about climate change from media experts and beat journalists

Sponsored by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Global warming is among the most urgent, challenging issues of our time. It is also complex, and difficult to explain effectively to the public. In an effort to nurture quality reporting on the subject, YPCCC and the Pulitzer Center are offering an all-day student workshop Friday March 3rd, 2017. The training will be led by the Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center, Jon Sawyer (Yale ’74) and the Editor of Yale Climate Connections and co-founder of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Bud Ward. Reporters and producers for Yale Climate Connections, a daily public radio program, will also instruct.

Working Agenda:
Opening Session: Introduction and context

  • The changing news environment of today
  • Traditional media; new online/digital/social media
  • History and status of environmental journalism, with a focus on climate

Mid-morning break
Late morning: What makes a good story?

  • Examples from Yale Climate Connections
  • How to identify and develop a good story

Early afternoon two part session: Pitches, feedback and story build-out (participants will need to bring a pitch for a story)

  • First part – in small group break-outs: each student delivers their pitch individually; instructors give feedback to each.
  • Second part: whole group reconvenes to learn about and discuss story build-outs

Mid-afternoon: Getting your story online, on the air or in print

  • Strategies for placing and publishing your story.

Wrap by 4 pm

Breakfast and lunch are included

The workshop will be held at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and is open to current Yale students in all schools and departments. The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

To apply: please submit your resume with one or two paragraphs (no more than 300 words) about why you want to attend to: with the subject line “climate journalism workshop application.”

Deadline: February 6th, 2016

You will be notified by February 17th.