Major US news groups collaborate for climate change reporting initiative

A group of multimedia news organisations have launched a new collaborative journalism project reporting on climate change. WIRED, The Atlantic and the Center for Investigative Reporting will take part in The Climate Desk, which will explore the human, environmental, economic and political impact of the world’s changing climate. Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Slate, US broadcaster PBS’ Need to Know programme and environmental news site Grist have signed up as partners for the project, and Reuters business blogger Felix Salmon is also taking part. The initiative has received funding from two foundations, the Surdna Foundation and the Park Foundation, to support the website and joint assignments between organisations. The project’s website will feature reports from participating organisations and collaborative pieces from journalists written for The Climate Desk site alone and aggregate those published on partner sites. The article and blog feeds on the project’s site are powered by Publish2, a tool for sharing links and aggregating content online. News organisations taking part will also host articles written by journalists from other partner titles as part of the collaboration. A more collaborative approach and shared resources for reporting the topic could led to less fractured, compartmentalised coverage of climate change, and overcome the fixation of much reporting with the debate over its existence, says the site. The site will also be looking at different ways of funding the collaboration in the long-term and says it is open to donations from readers


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