Falmouth University hosts ‘Reporting Earth’ summit

Falmouth University

On Tuesday, Falmouth University hosted the “Reporting Earth” summit, showcasing the prototypes of five projects from young journalists around the world in a bid to develop new ways of reporting the climate crisis.

These five projects will receive bursaries and mentorships following the summit.

InfoNile is a mobile magazine, disseminated through the messaging app Whatsapp, which aims to “uncover critical stories on water issues in the Nile River Basin”. Alis Okonji detailed how InfoNile aims to “reach more young and dynamic audiences” through this medium.

The Great Big Climate Map uses an online interactive map of the world to give a complete global picture of the climate crisis, allowing users to easily access information about specific regions or locations. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to begin creating impactful climate journalism for a world that so urgently needs it”, said recent Falmouth graduate Nadia Leigh-Hewitson. 

Pauline Blanchet at aralseaproductions presented Through Her Eyes, a YouTube short-form documentary highlighting the gendered effects of climate change through the perspective of five women. “We don’t just need a green recovery but a gendered one”, explained Blanchet.

Climate Camp Game is the working title for “a three-way UK-German collaboration between an investigative journalist, a playwright and game designer, and a climate activist”. The creative team aims to tell the story of the 2018 storming of a coal mine by activist group Ende Gelaende.

Students at Ashoka University presented their Climate Decolonisation and Diversity Program Through Digital and Grassroots Network, a reporting network based in India using digital and hand-distributed output. They explained that, since “50% of Indians have no internet access, to diversify the conversation, our outlet plans to deliver stories through ‘block ambassadors’ in remote towns and villages”.

As well as the prototype showcases, the summit also hosted a number of panels and keynote speakers.

Taking part in the programme were University of Exeter climate scientists Gail  Whiteman  (keynote) and Richard Betts.

There were also journalists, including  Maeve Campbell (environment editor, Euronews) Laurie Goering (climate editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation) Lina Yassin (Climate Tracker journalist, Sudan), Stacy Feldman (The Boulder Reporting Lab), and Kira Taylor (energy and environment journalist, Euractiv) 

Climate activists included Mitzi Jonelle (climate activist, Philippines), Evelyn Acham (Rise Up activist, Uganda), and Nuala Cole (XR).

Overall, despite a few technical difficulties, the prototype presentations were well received, as were the guest speakers and panellists.