The News Media and Climate Change
After languishing on the back pages for years, news coverage of the climate crisis is now front and centre. Massive forest fires, flooding, and deadly heat waves hit the headlines almost daily. Scientific reports come at us fast and furious. But how useful has news coverage been when it comes to understanding the local impacts of climate change? How could it be more helpful?
Presenter: Gillian Steward is a Calgary-based journalist who writes a regular column for The Toronto Star. In 2014 she was awarded the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy to research and write a series of in-depth articles about the Alberta oil sands. Gillian was the managing editor at The Calgary Herald and acting publisher at Alberta Views. She has also taught journalism at Mount Royal University, and on January 15, 2024, she will give a presentation that gets us thinking about the media's coverage of climate change.