Roundup: Climate change becomes daily beat in Florida & more

June 21 – 28, 2019

THE CLIMATE CHANGE BEAT:  Six Florida news organizations are forming a partnership to cover climate change stories together, NiemanLab.org reported June 25 including The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times, Palm Beach Post, Orlando Sentinel, and WLRN

The newsrooms will share content and in the future could collaborate on reporting and could expand to include universities and nonprofit news outlets.

“We aim to be the ProPublica of environmental reporting for our state,” Nicholas Moschella, editor of The Palm Beach Post, said in a statement.

In a separate development, The Pulitzer Center earlier this month announced Connected Coastlines, a collaborative reporting initiative on climate science in coastal states. Supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education, the effort will build a consortium of independent newsrooms and journalists to document the untold or unappreciated ways in which climate change is affecting coastal populations.

Connected Coastlines is asking newsrooms to apply to be part of this effort. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15.

GEORGIA NEWSPAPER LEAPS TO FACEBOOK LIVE STREAMING. OnlineAthens.com (Athens Banner-Herald) hosts an inaugural chat via Facebook Live to discuss our future endeavors, processes and answer reader questions.

WE HAVE STORIES IN THE SOUTH: National Geographic is accepting proposals for its Exploration Grant for projects related to conservation, education, research, storytelling and technology.

Possible works may include photography, filmmaking, cartography, journalism or digital media. The three subject areas are wildlife, changing the planet and the human journey.

Selected projects will get between $10,000 and $30,000.

The deadline to apply is July 10.

LET’S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE: The International Women’s Media Foundation organizes Hostile Environment and First Aid Training courses for journalists. The four days of training includes practical and realistic scenarios, organizers said.

THERE IS NEW DATA ON HOW AMERICANS SEEK OUT NEWS. Pew Research Center issues its annual report, State of Media, on data and trends about key sectors in the U.S. news media industry. The data speaks to the shifting ways in which Americans seek out news and information, how news organizations get their revenue, and the resources available to American journalists as they seek to inform the public about important events of the day. 

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