Key take-aways from 1st Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference
Energy transition reporting needs to be fact-based and cognizant of international dimensions. It must dare to take new approaches to storytelling, and refrain from over-simplification. So how do we achieve this? Are we at Clean Energy Wire alone in thinking there is huge untapped potential for collaborative work on this defining story of our times?
To find out, we sought out journalists and media professionals interested in forging paths to better cross-border journalism on the energy transition, and gathered in Bonn as the world watched international climate negotiations in the German city.
— Hanne May (@may_power_day) November 10, 2017
We are proud to look back on a conference packed with insights from leading experts in their fields, powerful ideas, and an impressive show of enthusiasm for high-quality journalism. You can find a summary of the conference highlights here.
The energy and commitment of all the attending journalists, network and foundation representatives, media experts, policymakers, business strategists and advocacy directors, gave us huge confidence in the potential for an international climate and energy transition journalism network, and reinforced our commitment to further steps aimed at developing such a network.
Throughout the two days, it was evident that everyone at the conference was deeply committed to the standards of quality journalism. In fact, in the current climate of diverse and at times unreliable sources of information, there was a sense that this is “all we’ve got” to gain – and keep – readers’ trust.
We also discovered a vast body of expertise on how journalists can work together effectively – and that we’ve only just scratched the surface in understanding the diverse challenges journalists face reporting on energy and climate change in different parts of the world. With so many journalists subject to intimidation and political pressure, it was heartening to see such strong commitment to bringing these vital stories to audiences across the globe.
— Earth Journalism (@earthjournalism) November 10, 2017
It became clear to us that value of cross-border perspectives on the energy transition is huge, and challenges best tackled cooperatively.
Going forward, Clean Energy Wire will build on this momentum to develop a global energy transition and climate journalism network. We will continue to facilitate meetings of international journalists, speak to experts both in the media and in the climate and energy sectors, and exchange story ideas.