Environmental journalism: Why local matters

Local journalists have a unique role to play in changing the narrative around the world's environmental breakdown and becoming an essential part of the solution. Our series of free environmental journalism courses help journalists tackle the big issues facing our planet.

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Environmental journalism | Why local matters: Sources

Investigate local environmental stories and their possible links to climate change.                                


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Periodismo ambiental | Por qué lo local importa: Las fuentes

Investiga las historias medioambientales locales y sus posibles conexiones con el cambio climático.  



Environmental journalism | Why local matters: Storytelling

Cover environmental stories and address climate change in a way that engages audiences.


Environmental journalism | Why local matters: Safety and security

Learn how to stay safe online and when facing physical threats and intimidation. 


All fired up

As world leaders gather for COP26 in Glasgow, we showcase the work of 15 young journalists who put the environment at the heart of the stories they tell.




Cutting through the noise

Listen back to our Twitter Spaces conversation, where we cut through the noise on COP26 and the climate emergency to help journalists craft narratives relevant for local audiences.




How to report better

Listen back to our Twitter Spaces conversation, where we discussed insights, tools and resources on becoming a better environmental journalist.



How to... series

Get information, insight and advice from our environmental experts. Also available on our YouTube channel.



"Climate science is a data-rich story and there are amazing scoops and exclusives waiting to be found within data."



There's an environmental link to every story, be it about sport, business or lifestyle. Here's a quick guide to finding it.



The 3 P’s on how to avoid risk and stay safe when reporting on environmental stories.



What elements do you need to inform your story? Check out this sourcing toolkit from Clean Energy Wire.



Getting the message across about climate change. Here are five quick steps to telling an engaging story.



Journalists reporting on the environment are under threat from hackers. Here's how to protect sources and data.



Defamation law is a powerful tool used to try to silence journalists investigating environmental issues. Here's some advice.



Bees play a vital role in sustaining the planet's ecosystem, but how do you make your audience engage with your story?



Online harassment and abuse aimed at silencing journalists is on the increase. Advice on how to tackle the cyberbullies.

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Meet your course instructor 

Catherine Mackie

Catherine Mackie

Editorial Associate



Catherine Mackie is an editorial associate at Thomson Foundation. She is a former senior BBC journalist with almost 30 years of experience in front of and behind the camera and is an examiner for the UK National Council for the Training of Journalists. She is a former Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.


Joining Catherine are a group of experts, including Patrick Greenfield of The Guardian, Laura Rocha of Periodistas por el Planeta and Leo Hickman of Carbon Brief (pictured below).



Patrick Greenfield is a UK-based reporter for The Guardian, writing frequently about the loss of biodiversity, the climate crisis, and possible solutions. Before working at The Guardian, he was a producer for CNN.


Laura Rocha is the President of Periodistas por el Planeta, an organisation of environmental journalists in Latin America who try to bring environmental and climate change reports to the attention of politicians and economists.



Leo Hickman is the director and editor of Carbon Brief, a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. In 2020, he was named Editor of the Year by the British Science Writers Association.


There's more...

The deepening climate change crisis will be at the centre of global attention in 2021 when world leaders, experts and campaigners meet at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021.

Follow our dedicated hashtag #TFEnvironment to see how we are committed to the climate crisis debate.

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