Summoning our creative spirits to cover new angles of the energy transition
Journalists can get pretty comfortable in the confines of a specialised beat, covering one topic in one place – whether it’s business, energy or healthcare for a city, region, or country. How to get out of that comfort zone and do a better job of reporting the multi-faceted energy transition was a the subject of much brainstorming at CLEW's Global Energy Transition Journalism GETJO19 conference in April.
Considering the border- and beat-crossing nature of the topic, energy transition journalists could use some inspiration from the great master of interdisciplinary work, Leonardo da Vinci, as illustrator Mwelwa Musonko playfully suggests in this illustration inspired by the event.
"I think that reporters, no matter where they work, could start looking out for colleagues in other departments and produce work that has much more depth and breadth than if they were operating alone," former New York Times business reporter Leslie Wayne said earlier this year in an interview with the CLEW Network blog. "The energy transition story is big, important and sprawling. It crosses borders and topics. It has human, financial, political and environmental dimensions. Cross-beat reporting is needed to tackle this important and complicated subject."
This is why CLEW established The CLEW Journalism Network, a place where journalists can meet like-minded colleagues, get advice and background from other countries or fields of expertise, or find partners for collaborative projects.
If you are not already a member, you can join here.