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.

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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 explored and told in a purely national context. They demand an audience beyond a single domestic readership. However, many publications are still firmly 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. Some of the questions that will be addressed during the conference, are:

  • 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.

To receive updates on the event as they come forward, just send a quick email to: martha.otwinowski@cleanenergywire.org.