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Top scientists and communicators will help you up your game in climate reporting.

Modular Format

The Master Class is organized as topical modules that facilitate engaging at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Earn A Certificate

View eight or more modules and attend at least one live event to earn a climate reporting certificate from Climate Matters in the Newsroom.

Interactive Content

Each module includes videos, interactive graphics, and online resources that will inform and inspire your reporting.

Image of Katharine Hayhoe, PhD

Module 1

Climate Change Science Overview

Dr. Hayhoe summarizes the findings of the Climate Science Special Report of the Fourth National Climate Assessment on which she served as a lead author. This module consists of five videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Katharine Hayhoe, PhD
Image of Marshall Shepherd, PhD

Module 2

Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Dr. Shepherd brings his passion for communicating about weather and climate to this discussion of climate change and extreme weather attribution. This module consists of three videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Marshall Shepherd, PhD
Image of Kim Cobb, PhD

Module 3

Climate Change Impacts on Oceans and Coasts

“40% Climate Scientist, 40% Mom, and 20% Indiana Jones.” Dr. Cobb, who studies corals and other climate indicators, shows how climate change is affecting our oceans and coasts. This module consists of three videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Kim Cobb, PhD
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Module 4

Climate Solutions: Clean Energy

Dr. Kutscher explains how increasing energy efficiency and electrification and decarbonizing the electric grid can be at the forefront of solutions to climate change. This module consists of four videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Chuck Kutscher, PhD
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Module 5

Climate Change Language and Communication Strategies

Drawing on 30 years of experience helping scientists and others communicate about climate change, Susan presents practical tools and tips for journalists on every beat. This module consists of four videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Susan Joy Hassol
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Module 6

Public Opinion on Climate Change

Dr. Maibach shares results of his polling that shows Americans are increasingly concerned about climate change, and want to hear about it more in the media. This module consists of five videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Edward Maibach, PhD
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Module 7

Using the Climate Matters Resources

As Director of Climate Matters for Climate Central, Bernadette shows how these weekly, localized reporting resources can help journalists report on a wide range of stories. This module consists of two videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Bernadette Woods Placky
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Module 8

Climate Change Impacts in the Southeast

Dr. Terando, Federal Coordinating Lead Author for the Southeast Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, summarizes impacts in this vulnerable region. This module consists of four videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Adam Terando, PhD
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Module 9

Climate Change and Health

Climate change is increasingly affecting our health, especially that of children. Dr. Bole brings her clinical experience to bear, helping journalists grasp the range of impacts. This module consists of four videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Aparna Bole, MD FAAP
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Module 10

Climate Change 101: Simple, Serious, Solvable

In his entertaining style, Dr. Denning breaks down the reality of human-caused climate change into three points everyone should know: it’s simple, serious, and solvable, and one point especially relevant to climate communicators, including news professionals: story. This module consists of four videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Scott Denning, PhD
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Module 11

Climate Solutions in the Southeast; Drawdown Georgia

Dr. Brown describes the project she leads to downscale the global solutions to climate change assessed by Project Drawdown to the state of Georgia, with lessons for the entire region. This module consists of three videos. After you’ve watched the first, and looked at the explorations below it, scroll down to click on the next video.

Led by Marilyn Brown, PhD
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Module 12

Coming Soon: Climate Justice

Led by Mustafa Santiago Ali

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The Climate Reporting Master Class is also a way for you to connect with both peers and experts in the field.

Learn From:

Katharine Hayhoe, PhD

Prof., Dept. Political Science, Director, Climate Center, Texas Tech University

@KHayhoe

Marshall Shepherd, PhD

Prof. & Director, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Georgia

@DrShepherd2013

Kim Cobb, PhD

Prof. & Chair, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences; Director, Global Change Program, Georgia Tech

@coralsncaves

Chuck Kutscher, PhD

Fellow & Senior Research Assoc., Renewable & Sustainable Energy Inst., CU Boulder

@ChuckKutscher

Susan Joy Hassol

Director, Climate Communication; analyst and author

@ClimateComms

Edward Maibach, PhD

Prof. & Director, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

@MaibachEd

Bernadette Woods Placky

Chief Meteorologist, Climate Central, Director, Climate Matters

@BernWoodsPlacky

Adam Terando, PhD

Research Ecologist, USGS; Southeast Climate Science Center, Adj. Prof., Applied Ecology, Faculty Fellow, Geospatial Analytics, NCSU

@ATerando

Aparna Bole, MD, FAAP

Assoc. Prof., CWRU School of Med.; Medical Director, Community Integration, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

@DrAparnaBole

Scott Denning, PhD

Prof., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

@airscottdenning

Marilyn Brown, PhD

Interim Chair & Prof., Sustainable Systems, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech

@Marilyn_Brown1

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization at National Wildlife Federation

@EJinAction

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