The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute launched a digital Reporter’s Guide to Climate Adaptation, featuring an extensive resource database and a series of backgrounders to help improve coverage of society’s preparation for the impacts of climate change.
The heart of the guide is an annotated collection of more than 200 key adaptation resources that reporters can quickly use to identify organizations and sources central to the adaptation story.
“Climate adaptation is an emerging and important story not just for environmental reporters, but for those covering business, politics, local news, even sports,” said RJI Executive Director Randy Picht.
Each resource features an overview of the source and detailed information on how journalists can use it.
The resources are categorized by climate risk and policy response and can be sorted by location, timeliness and whether from government, academic, advocacy or media.
The backgrounder also features several dozen suggested story angles for beats ranging from health and consumer to religion and military, as well as briefs on exemplary adaptation coverage by other news organizations.
For journalists who are newer to the climate adaptation issue, the project provides an animated explainer and an extensive backgrounder covering the basics of the issue, such as definitions and infographics illustrating climate impacts.