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Covering Climate

Kyle Pope, Tim Flannery, Desi Anwar & Anna Rose

We're facing a global climate crisis. So how should journalists report on science and extreme weather? Here's your exploration into the urgent ethics of climate journalism. 

Hosted by Kerry O'Brien.

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Session supported by Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

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“The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.”


The Guardian Editor in Chief, Katharine Viner

How should journalists present the climate emergency?

Floods, droughts, heatwaves. News headlines are filled with stories of the effects of climate change. 

Traditional journalism teaches balance, but this practice has given false equivalence to climate change deniers and spread misinformation. The planet demands us to question how journalists cover climate science: what role does language play when extreme weather and disasters are reported? Journalists now have perhaps the last chance to help people grasp the magnitude of the threat. How can they do a better job?

Reviving the 'dying art of disagreement'

Antidote Festival Director Dr Edwina Throsby speaks with Board Director Mark Ryan about how the Judith Neilson Institute are igniting informed debate.

More about the speakers... 

Kyle Pope is currently the Editor and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, the world's leading authority for news and analysis of the media. In the past he has been an editor and foreign correspondent who has worked for a decade at The Wall Street Journal, been editor-in-chief of The New York Observer, and deputy editor of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine. In the summer of 2017, he testified before Congress’s Judiciary Committee on threats to the press.

Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist, a leading writer on climate change, and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.

Desi Anwar is currently News Anchor and Talkshow host for CNN Indonesia based in Jakarta since 2015. Prior to that, she was News Anchor for Metro TV, Indonesia's first news channel, where she was one of the founders of the station which aired in 2000. Before that, Desi was with RCTI, Indonesia's first commercial channel and founder of Indonesia's first web portal Astaga.com. Desi is also a published writer and regular columnist for various newspapers. Desi received an Honorary Fellows from SOAS, The University of London for her contribution to journalism and a Jefferson Fellow.  

Anna Rose is an author and campaigner who has worked for over two decades to help Australia make progress on climate change. She's Strategic Projects Officer at Farmers for Climate Action, a Governor of WWF-Australia, author of the book "Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic" and co-starred in the ABC documentary "I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change". She's written for most Australian publications including The Griffith Review, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Crikey! and The Guardian.  

More about the moderator... 

Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists with six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism including the Gold Walkley, and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership. Other industry awards include a Logie for public affairs coverage. He has been a journalist for 49 years covering print, television and wire service, as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and foreign correspondent. He has specialised in national politics for the ABC, as well as the Ten and Seven networks, and was press secretary to Labor leader Gough Whitlam.

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