Reporters in the northwest and southeast corners of the U.S. can get full-day immersions into covering climate change at two separate university-sponsored training programs scheduled during the first week of February in St. Petersburg, Fl., and Spokane, Wa.
But they may have to move quickly to register for the remaining seats in the programs.
St. Petersburg Session – February 5 and 6
“Global Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in Florida: A Conversation Between Scientists and the Media” will be held at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, l801 Third Street South, in St. Petersburg, under the auspices of the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.
NBC Chief Science Correspondent Robert Bazell is scheduled to kick-off the session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, at the Mahaffey Theater.
Project organizer Mark Jerome Walters, with the university’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies, said some 75 people, many of them scientists and educators, had signed up for the program as of mid-January, and the meeting can accommodate approximately 25 additional attendees.
After an 8 a.m. continental breakfast on February 6, individual sessions involving both scientists and journalists will take on issues ranging from fresh water, ecological, and public health impacts to economic impacts. Among journalists participating as presenters at the workshop are the St. Petersburg Times‘s Craig Pittman, independent radio producer Daniel Grossman, and book author Cynthia Barnett.
The conference is partially funded through grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through the Center for Science & Policy Applications for Coastal Environment (C-SPACE) at USF. Nonrefundable registration fee of $75 includes light breakfast and lunch, and some nongovernmental travel funding is available for journalists and scientists.
Spokane Session – February 8
In a continuing series of one-day briefings for reporters, the University of Oregon’s Climate Leadership Initiative is teaming with the school’s journalism and communication program and others for a Friday day-long seminar at Washington State University.
The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), Washington State/Spokane, and that university’s Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service are partnering in the effort, aimed at “one of the most pressing and debated issues of our time: climate change.”
IPCC lead author Philip Mote, Ph.D., of the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group, and veteran environmental reporter Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman are featured presenters at the meeting, which is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington State University/Spokane’s Riverpoint Campus, Academic Center. Registration cost is $35, $15 for students.