The Climate News Mosaic is an independent, non-profit collective of environmental journalists from around the world which I founded. Working to transform the way we communicate climate change, members of the group are based across five continents – from Canada to the Philippines and from Germany to Brazil – producing radio, video and textual stories in about ten different languages.
We have teamed up in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-19) in Warsaw in November 2013 in a bid to experiment with a new, collaborative approach to reporting the intergovernmental efforts to tackle climate change.
At the heart of the project was a live blog where we all shared bits and snippets of information – photos, soundbites, videos etc. – from the reporting each of us was doing for the media outlets we work with.
Rather than covering the climate summit only from its venue, members of the group were offering local angles on the negotiations from their home countries. The aggregation of these local viewpoints helped make the coverage ‘glocal’, in the same way the climate crisis is at once global and local in both its causes and impacts.
And indeed, distribution has been a key principle in this project. First, rather than published in a single place, the live blog – using an open source platform donated by journalism solutions non-profit Sourcefabric – was made available to any news website free of charge under a Creative Commons license. During the summit it was hosted in nine different websites including Italian daily La Stampa, environmental news site Philippine EnviroNews and international ews agency IPS.
In addition, the project was wholly funded through a crowdfunding campaign, with funds going primarily to bringing three of our journalists – from Italy, from Costa Rica and myself from Israel – to Warsaw to cover the summit and moderate the project.
Ultimately, the live blog served to complement, and feed, both the reporting each of the journalists in the group was doing individually and the coverage offered on the different media outlets that hosted it.
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