On Earth Day, New Tools for Environmental Reporting

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Interactive US Map of Climate Change News Launched

The Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) has launched Climate Commons, a map-based interactive platform that contains layers of news and information on climate change in the United States. It is designed to provide academics, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with the latest data and stories on the causes and impacts of, and responses to climate change across the country.

Climate Commons map

The map combines the most recently available data on climate change indicators, such as temperature, precipitation, and emissions, with the latest, geo-tagged stories on climate change in the United States. Read more>>

UC Berkeley and Internews Host Conference and Events for Environmental Journalists

At UC Berkeley on May 1, join environmental journalism leaders from around the world to meet and network with students and faculty from the Earth Journalism Scholars Program at UC Berkeley, a joint project with Internews' Earth Journalism Network; and on May 2 join the Earth Journalism Network’s regional partners from Asia, Africa and Latin America at a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. Read more>>

Digging into Agricultural Journalism: New Toolkit Covers Food Sovereignty, Sustainable Farming

EJN has published a toolkit in four languages for journalists working on stories about food security and agro-ecology, the application of ecological science to the study, and design and management of sustainable agricultural ecosystems.

"Right now, agriculture and food systems are at a crossroads. If the world is to feed itself sustainably, it needs to be better informed about the available options," says Jeff Rutherford, author of the toolkit.

The toolkit includes a wealth of useful statistics, information sources, links to further readings, journalism tips, and definitions of terminology. Read more>>

Coverage of Fisheries and Ocean Issues Limited in China, Study Shows

In early September 2012, EJN brought eight Chinese journalists to the Seafood Summit in Hong Kong, where they received training from journalists and seafood experts, embarked on an intensive three-day field trip in southern China, and filed stories to their home media organizations. (Watch a video about the seafood journalism workshop.)

Given the importance of China to the sustainability of global fisheries – it is the largest seafood producer in the world by a wide margin, and a major re-processor, importing fish from over 100 countries – EJN also  commissioned a long-term study of Chinese media coverage of fisheries issues. The report, carried out by researchers at Hong Kong University (HKU), analyzed Chinese publications and carried out in-depth interviews with Chinese journalists.  Read more>>

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    Liu Lican is the Co-founder and Programs Director in the Greenovation Hub, a Chinese grassroots NGO focusing on environmental protection and innovation. He also serves as project coordinator of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and helped develop two reporting toolkits, “Environmental Health and Climate Change” and “Global Trade Reporting: New Trends in Africa-China-Western Countries Economic Integration – Fair Timber Trade as an Example.” His most recent book, “The Sick Villages in a Strong State,” is the first book in Chinese that reveals the so-called “cancer village” problem in China.