The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?

Target Audience: Journalists, journalism networks and journalism funders
10 Nov - 11 Nov 2017
Bonn, Germany
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The energy transition has become one of the defining global stories of our time. It demands an international perspective as well as cross-border research and cooperation. Against the backdrop of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Clean Energy Wire is inviting journalists, journalism and media networks, communication scientists, policymakers and journalism funders to discuss what global energy transition reporting should look like and how we can make it happen. PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION ON 22 OCTOBER.

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The implications and innovations of the energy transition cross traditional national, business, and journalistic boundaries. Journalists across the globe have set out covering the epochal shift towards a low-emissions economy crucial to meet the pledge 195 countries signed up to with the Paris Agreement.

Such a truly global story needs an international perspective as well as cross-border research and cooperation. Many major energy and climate policy stories cannot be told in a purely national context. They demand an audience beyond a domestic readership. However, many publications are still stuck in the national discourse. Cross-border collaboration among journalists is an exception rather than the rule and only a few media houses can afford to draw from a range of international views and research.

Against the backdrop of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Clean Energy Wire is inviting journalists, journalism and media networks, communication scientists, policymakers and journalism funders to discuss what global energy transition reporting should look like and how we can make it happen.

We want to hear about experiences in cross-border reporting in other journalistic fields, talk about readers’ and policymakers’ expectations and stimulate energy transition reporting across borders.

 

OUR CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

(Update: 25 September 2017)

  • Keynote, Friday: Alan Rusbridger, former Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian
  • Keynote Saturday: Brigitte Alfter, Managing Editor of Journalismfund and investigative journalist
  • Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director at Greenpeace International
  • Claude Turmes, Member of European Parliament, the Greens/European Free Alliance
  • Laurie Goering, Climate Editor at the Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Mark Rice-Oxley, head of special projects at The Guardian
  • Kieran Cooke, accomplished foreign and economic correspondent (including the BBC, Financial Times), representing the news service Climate News Network
  • James Fahn, Global Director of Internews’ Environmental Programs, Executive Director of the Earth Journalism Network and environmental journalist (the New York Times, The Economist, Newsweek and The Jakarta Post published his work)
  • Meaghan Parker, board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and senior writer/editor for The Wilson Center Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Craig Morris, senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, co-author of the book ‘Energy Democracy - Germany’s Energiewende to Renewables’ and lead author of the energytransition.org blog.
  • Dagmar Dehmer, environmental journalist (including at the national daily Tagesspiegel), head of company communications for the federal company for radioactive waste disposal (BGE)
  • Joydeep Gupta, South Asia Director at news website The Third Pole and award-winning environmental journalist
  • Prof. Holger Wormer, Institute for Journalism at the Technical University of Dortmund
  • Dr. Sam Geall, Executive Editor at China Dialogue

Beyond this, representatives from hostwriter, n-ost e.V., ClimateTracker, Connectas, and  other organisations have confirmed to speak at the conference. 

 

A SELECTION OF KEY QUESTIONS WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT:

  • 'Fake news' and best practice in journalism: What is the role of trust, transparency and quality standards? And who decides?
  • What changes when journalists collaborate on climate and the energy transition?
  • Sharing what works: What are the ingredients of a successful energy transition story that will get published?
  • Do we need special international fact-checkers in the energy policy field?

 

Clean Energy Wire will also award three research grants for collaborative cross-border research projects as part of the launch of our own international network of energy transition and climate policy journalists.

Please register your interest in the conference by filling in the online form on this page until 22 October. We will notify you by 25 October whether we will be able to offer you a free place at the conference. We have a very limited amount of hotel rooms available from 09. -11. November - do notify us when submitting your application if you would require support with accommodation.

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