3 to Read: Lessons from COVID-19 | New Standards for Climate Coverage | A Story for Every Beat

In celebration of Earth Day, this week’s newsletter focuses on the future of covering climate change

Lessons from COVID-19: Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope for CJR draws similarities between covering the outbreak of COVID-19 and the climate crisis. They argue that the climate crisis is an issue that should be covered by journalists in the same way that journalists are dealing with COVID-19: with urgency. Originally published under the series of CJR’s Covering Climate Now, they highlight other newspapers that have agreed to make their climate coverage free of charge in an effort to make it more accessible to the public.

Setting New Standards for Climate Coverage: Evlondo Cooper and Allison Fisher for Media Matters writes about Covering Climate Now, an initiative started by CJR. Not only does Covering Climate Now unite journalists in providing resources that will aid in reporting the crisis, it also provides a local platform for the climate crisis. In recent years, climate journalism has begun to take precedent as society and the media have begun to take more interest and attention to the crisis at hand. Namely, 2018 was the year that set up the initiative for Covering Climate Now, and 2019 was the year where climate journalism had the most improvement. Read more about this ongoing initiative here.

Climate Crisis is a Story for Every Beat: Historically, climate coverage has been under the science and environmental beats, writes Rosalind Donald for CJR. However, in recent years, society and journalists have begun to see how climate journalism touches a broad range of beats such as the economy or public health. Despite this analysis, coverage still seems to lack as other topics take precedent over this topic, especially in countries that are not as interested in understanding the climate crisis. In this article, Donald highlights some of the issues that still arise when trying to increase climate coverage in newsrooms, especially in climate policy. 

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