Giving the climate the coverage it deserves

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The melting ice in Greenland flooding South Carolina. Deadly heat scorches low-wage workers in Los Angeles. Rising seas are pushing Africans to migrate to Europe and coastal Bangladeshis to flee inland to overcrowded cities.

The climate emergency is playing out in our own backyards and around the world and generating amazing journalism.

Three years ago, Covering Climate Now was founded by the Columbia Journalism Review and The nation to promote better coverage of the climate crisis. Last year, the Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards were launched as a showcase for journalists producing the best work. More and more journalists and newsrooms are now reporting the climate story – both heartbreaking realities and common sense solutions – and sharing their findings with the people and policy makers who can drive change.

The winners of the 2022 Covering Climate Now Journalism Award, announced today, highlight the success of climate journalists around the world, but also the magnitude of the story ahead.

Winners of the 2022 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards include journalists from The GuardianAgence France-Presse, Al Jazeera English, PBS, HBO Max, the Charleston, SC, Post and courier, the Los Angeles Times, and WGBH-PRX. Justin Worland, Senior Correspondent for Timewas named climate journalist of the year.

The winning journalists, producers, photographers and editors have found ways to tell a climate story that grows, in scope and urgency, every day. Their work highlights the sober task journalism faces if it has any hope of giving this sprawling story the coverage it deserves: no corner of the planet is untouched, which means no newsroom on earth cannot afford to ignore it.

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“The most burning question facing humanity is whether we will end the climate emergency before it ends us,” said Mark Hertsgaard, executive director of Covering Climate Now. “Better news coverage is an essential climate solution, a catalyst that makes progress on all aspects of the problem – from politics to business, from art to activism, and from lifestyle change to systems change – more likely.”

Since its inception, Covering Climate Now has been driven by a desire to match the vastness of the climate story with the journalistic effort required to chronicle it. With each month that passed, the story grew. Our job is to increase our engagement in response.

This year’s award winners will be featured in an hour-long special hosted by NBC News co-host Al Roker Todayand NBC host Savannah Sellers Stay tuned and NBC News now anchor. The special will air on October 25, 2022 on the world Channel, the premier public media platform for diverse voices, broadcast by 191 public TV channels nationwide.

A full list of winners is available at coveringclimatenow.org/awards.

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Kyle Pope is editor and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review.

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