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Climate change is an issue that will cut across most subjects tackled by newsrooms – from business to politics, sport and leisure. But not everyone or every organisation is at the same level of proficiency.

WAN-IFRA has been working with newsrooms to think about the climate stories they tell, how they tell them and the science that underpins them.

This concise reporting guide is a distillation of key lessons drawn from the Temasek Foundation: WAN-IFRA Journalism Programme, Challenge of the Climate Crisis and expert views published by WAN-IFRA.

The guide is designed to deliver digestible bytes of information that will hopefully trigger a process of examination in newsrooms about:

  • Your role and responsibility in telling the climate change story

  • Understanding foundation science and where to source it

  • Language, context and measurement

  • Misinformation

  • Newsroom organisation

  • How you tell the story

Warren Fernandez, Editor in Chief of the Straits Times and President of the World Editors Forum said climate change is the story of our generation, both for audiences and journalists, all around the world.

“Telling this story in words, graphics, data projects, visuals and videos will require honing new skills from our newsrooms, which will also need to bone up on the science that underpins the issue, so as to present information in an authoritative and engaging way. We need to give hope, and inspire people to believe in the possibility of progress, that the world can come together to tackle this challenge, huge and daunting as it might be. Our newsrooms can and must play our part in this grave, even existential crisis, of our times.”