Covering Climate in the Newsroom
RTDNA has partnered with the George Mason University and Climate Central to help guide an extension of the National Science Foundation-funded Climate Matters program, which will to give members resources to cover climate issues locally. Journalists who sign up for Climate Matters in the Newsroom will receive weekly emails with localized climate reporting materials—graphics, animations, data, and contact information for experts—for use in reporting timely, compelling, local stories about climate change impacts and solutions.  Sign up today to start receiving these science-based reporting materials by registering online or by texting “CLIMATEMATTERS” to 345345.

In additional to receiving weekly news packages via email, journalists who subscribe will have access to a media library that includes several hundred additional story packages and other reporting resources including videos and research reports.  Subscribers also receive free access to webinars featuring some of America’s leading climate change and climate solutions experts. 

*NEW* Resource for covering flooding
Record-breaking rainfall and related flooding are wreaking havoc across much of the United States. SciLine and Climate Communication—two nonprofit, nonpartisan, science-based services—have jointly produced a resource to help newsrooms report accurately on the relationship between these extreme weather events and climate change.“Quick Facts on Torrential Rain, Flooding, and Climate Change”, which presents the latest research findings on this topic, vetted by experts, along with contact information for accessible scientists willing to serve as expert sources. We encourage you to take advantage of our Quick Facts primer and the other resources for journalists available from SciLine and Climate Communication.

Climate Coverate at EIJ:
Registration for Excellence in Journalism 2019 (Sept. 5-7 in San Antonio) includes access to Climate Matters: Fitting a Planet-Sized Story Into Your NewsroomLearn more and register here.

WEBINAR: Responding to 'fake news' on climate
Responding to misinformation in the age of fake news
How should journalists respond to the growing presence of fake news and misinformation? Join Dr. John Cook, Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication, at George Mason University, to learn the psychology and techniques behind debunking myths. Have you ever noticed people holding fast to false information even after given the facts? Oftentimes attempts to debunk fake news inadvertently reinforce misconceptions rather than dispel them. This webinar will delve into the psychology of misinformation, how it affects people, and how to respond. It will explain the optimal ways to address misinformation, based on psychological research.

Member Survey
RTDNA and our research partners have released an important new survey report. It reflects responses by many RTDNA members to a survey conducted in January 2018 on the critical issue of climate change and its coverage by journalists. The survey will be used to guide expansion of the Climate Matters program—which develops localized climate change reporting materials that are currently used by TV meteorologists in more than 200 newsrooms across America—for the benefit of RTDNA members and a broader set of broadcast, print and digital journalists.
This report—and the Climate Matters in the Newsroom reporting resources that will soon be offered—will be a valuable part of that effort. The report will also inform and guide the climate reporting trainings that RTDNA is developing with our partners.

Call for Nominations for Climate Matters in the Newsroom Fellows
10 Select Journalists to Receive Climate Reporting Resources and Training  
The Climate Matters program that has successfully helped hundreds of television meteorologists become key sources of local climate change information for audiences around the nation is now expanding further into the newsroom. The program provides reporters with localized climate reporting resources and training. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the project aims to increase the quality and quantity of reporting on climate change science, impacts, and solutions.
Partnering on the project are George Mason University, Climate Central, Climate Communication, National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), American Meteorological Society, Radio Television Digital News Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Society of Environmental Journalists, and The Carole Kneeland Project.
The project is awarding 10 Fellowships to select broadcast journalists. Fellows will:
  • receive a one-year membership to the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)
  • travel to the annual SEJ meeting in Flint, Michigan to participate, expenses paid
  • attend an all-day workshop in climate reporting to be held Oct. 3 at SEJ’s annual meeting
  • get weekly, localized climate reporting resources and a library of hundreds more
  • receive individualized support to enhance their climate reporting
This is a unique opportunity for a select group of journalists interested in beginning or expanding their coverage of how climate change affects their communities. Topics for the workshop and weekly materials will include connections between climate change and extreme weather; impacts of climate change on health, food, water, and the economy; and climate change solutions. Expert presenters will answer reporters’ questions. An interactive format will give reporters a chance to practice producing stories using the localized climate reporting materials and get feedback.

To submit a nomination, send the following information to
  • Your name and email address (nominator)
  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s position and station
  • Nominees email address
  • Why nominee is a good candidate for this fellowship
Submit nominations as soon as possible as selections will be made on a rolling basis.