GOTHENBURG – What are the priorities for accountability-focused climate change journalism? 80 investigative journalists and leading experts discussed them during a day-long meeting that took place with support from Journalismfund Europe at the pre-conference of GIJC 2023. A full report has now been made available.

The day before GIJC 2023, the Global Investigative Journalism Network convened a collaborative workshop involving 80 climate change journalists and experts from 35 countries to discuss the role of investigative journalism in climate crisis reporting.

Accountability is at the heart of investigative or watchdog journalism. Revealing the causes and effects of global warming in a multitude of ways and for a wide range of audiences is critical, and it is essential that journalists are given the time, skills and tools to hold relevant entities and people accountable, be they in government or in the private sector.

During the workshop, the following topics were identified as priority areas for investigations:

— The fossil fuel industry and its vast network of enablers and related industries;
— Government policies and promises the world over and who is influencing them;
— Climate change finance in all its complex forms;
— Vulnerable communities;
— The clean energy transition — winners and losers;
— Climate change as a complex, interrelated global crisis.

You can access the 14-pages detailed report here (written by Anne Koch, Toby McIntosh, Deborah Nelson, edited by Reed Richardson, designed and illustrated by Smaranda Tolosano).

The event was supported by the Professional Development Grant for Environmental Journalism.


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