Covering Climate Collaborative

Climate change may be a planet-sized problem, but it is no longer distant in time or place. Our audiences are experiencing its impacts locally, right now. Now is the moment for local climate journalists to lead.

LMA launched the Covering Climate Collaborative on Earth Day 2021 to support and amplify the work of local newsrooms reporting on this critical issue. These newsrooms will lead the way in moving local climate coverage beyond the silo of a narrow “beat,” to better connect the ways in which climate intersects with and impacts other local issues, whether they are health issues or infrastructure policy decisions or, importantly, making the vital connection between climate and social justice. Far too often, the harmful effects of climate change fall disproportionately on communities of color, and that story must be told.

The participating newsrooms share climate reporting and collaborate on joint storytelling projects in ways that take full advantage of the cross-platform skills of the collaborative, which includes print, digital, radio and broadcast newsrooms. Coordinating storytelling efforts across text, audio and video is the best way to meet audiences where they are.

Finally, these newsrooms benefit from the expertise of key science and journalism partners committed to excellence in climate reporting. From organizations like Climate Matters and SciLine to Solutions Journalism Network, these newsrooms will be able to tap trustworthy experts who can communicate clearly the science of climate change. LMA regularly shares case studies and reporting from the collaborative to help all local newsrooms looking to more and better climate coverage.

Here are recent articles highlighting the collaborative and climate coverage initiatives.

Better together: How science partnerships enhance local climate reporting

The challenges facing local news organizations are well documented, from revenue disruption and staffing cuts to debunking misinformation, all exacerbated by the pandemic. Those challenges can be even greater when it comes to reporting on climate change because of the need to get the science right, and the constant pull of breaking news. One way […]

LMA Covering Climate Collaborative awarded GNI funding to build story-sharing platform

Local Media Association has been awarded $200,000 in funding from the Google News Initiative to pilot and develop story-sharing technology for the LMA Covering Climate Collaborative. LMA will partner with Distributed Media Lab to develop and curate story sharing tools that can be used by the 23 local newsrooms in the climate collaborative to expand […]

From ‘watchdog’ to ‘guide dog’: How Covering Climate Collaborative engages audiences with solutions reporting

It’s been a bad-news summer for climate change. From the “code red for humanity” headline from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report to a summer filled with heat waves, drought, wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding, the effects of climate change are here, now and local. But research shows audiences may disengage from news — from […]

‘Code red for humanity’: Newsrooms in LMA Covering Climate Collaborative localize IPCC climate report

In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on the state of our planet’s climate. The report, compiled by a team of more than 200 scientists, was summarized by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres as a “code red for humanity.” The findings are “a reality check,” said Valérie Masson-Delmotte, a climate scientist […]

Climate change and social justice: Newsrooms in LMA Covering Climate Collaborative ‘connect the dots’

It’s impossible to cover climate change without reporting on its unequal impact on disenfranchised communities, and the 22 local newsrooms in LMA’s Covering Climate Collaborative are working to “connect the dots” through their local reporting. “Climate change will exacerbate existing inequalities and worsen the vulnerabilities of already marginalized communities,” Dr. Robert Bullard told reporters in […]

Earth Day 2021: Seizing this moment to report on climate as an emergency

By Frank Mungeam • LMA Chief Innovation Officer Breaking news: We face a climate “emergency” according to everyone  from the heads of the European Union to the Pope. That realization can be overwhelming. After all, climate change is a planet-sized problem. But we see and experience the effects of climate change locally. That’s why local reporting […]

Industry Collaboration

Launch newsrooms selected for LMA’s Covering Climate Collaborative

(April 14, 2021) — Local Media Association is proud to announce a remarkable group of 22 news outlets from across the country as launch participants in LMA’s Covering Climate Collaborative. Together, these newsrooms will focus on covering the impacts of climate change at the local level and reporting on ways communities can take action. The […]

Local Media Association announces launch of climate collaborative

Applications now open for 25 media partners “We face a climate in crisis. … Now we must step up. … This is a time for boldness, for there is so much to do. … We will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve the cascading crises of this era.” With these words, President […]