The recent devastating bushfires throughout Australia have elevated the national conversation around climate change.
But, as JNI Executive Director Mark Ryan said, the big and important issues are the most complex, and they can be difficult to explain in ways that are compelling and grounded in facts.
“Putting more scientists in newsrooms can help journalists better inform their readers with evidence-based reporting,” Mr Ryan said.
The Institute has provided funding to place scientists in newsrooms to work with journalists on collaborative projects.
Time Is Now
In partnership with the Australian Science Media Centre and JNI, News.com.au launched ‘Time is Now‘, a series focusing on the impacts of climate change on Australia’s way of life.
The series examined how climate change affects Australians’ way of life, debunks myths around climate change and bushfires, and what people can do to make a difference.
News.com.au editor-in-chief Kate de Brito said: “We began working with the Australian Science Media Centre in early December and we are grateful to them and the Judith Neilson Institute for their support in accessing the skills and knowledge of scientists and researchers who work in this area.”
Take a look at some of the reporting from the ‘Time Is Now’ series.