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Editors Roundtable

The Climate Data Journalism Initiative: Editors Roundtable 

In partnership with the Azim Premji University, IndiaSpend curated an Editors Roundtable.

The primary objective of this roundtable was to foster collaboration and dialogue among key media stakeholders to strategically elevate the coverage of climate change issues. By bringing influential decision-makers into a shared space, we aim to collectively shape the narrative and commitment to making climate change a central focus.

The goal was to address the following-

– Relevance of a dedicated desk in the newsroom.

– Considering the feasibility and practicality of the same.

– Challenges involved in running a climate change desk and what stops us from sustained stories and narratives on climate change.

– Resources necessary to sustain the desk long-term. What additional resources are needed? How can we procure them, and what forms of collaboration and partnership are necessary?


Urmi Goswami

Assistant Editor, The Economic Times

TK Arun

Senior Journalist & Columnist, former Editor, The Economic Times

Sudhir Misra

Resident Editor Delhi, Navbharat Times

Richa Mishra

Bureau Chief, The Hindu Business Line

Rajit Sengupta

Centre for Science and Environment

Raghavan Srinivasan

Senior Journalist

Meena Kotwal

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Mooknayak

Mansi Kapur

Asia Planning Editor, BBC News

Kundan Pandey


Karma Paljor

Co-founder: Atvi Infotainment

Dinesh Narayanan

Managing Editor, The Core & The Signal

Binny Yadav

Editor, Asian News Makers (SAIN Network)

Bibek Bhattacharya

National Editor, Mint

Ashlin Mathew

News Editor, National Herald

Aroosh Chopra

Group Director, Punjab Kesari Group of Newspapers

Abhiskek Jha

Senior Data Journalist, Hindustan Times


10:00 am – 10:20 am

Introduction and welcome note

Introduction to Azim Premji University and the Centre for Climate Change & Sustainability.

10:20 am – 10:25 am

Objective setting and defining outcomes

A brief outline of the Climate Data Journalism initiative and objectives of this discussion.

10:25 am – 11:00 am

Session 1: Leveraging existing resources within newsrooms and current structures.

  • How do we step up on climate reporting and leverage the existing capabilities within newsrooms given the intersectionality of climate reporting with other beats such as energy, gender, health, technology.
  • Deliberate on how to make climate change reporting more ubiquitous and seamless across beats.
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am

    Session 2: Challenges involved in running a climate change desk and what stops us from sustained stories and narratives on climate change.

  • Identification and discussion of common obstacles faced by media organisations.
  • Strategies for overcoming challenges to resource allocation, staffing and audience management.
  • Insights from speakers on navigating editorial and financial constraints.
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Session 3: Access to resources required to maintain the desk on an ongoing basis.What do we need more of? How do we get access to those resources and what kinds of collaborations and partnerships do we need?

  • Exploration of avenues for securing funding, partnerships and technical support.
  • Showcase innovative approaches to resource mobilization and sustainability.
  • Discussion on collaborative models for sharing resources and expertise among media entities.
  • 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

    Closing remarks and next steps

  • Summary of key insights from the discussion.
  • Call to action for continued collaboration and engagement within the media fraternity.

    Speaker of Event

    11:00 am - 11:15 am

    Opening address

    Introduction to the Indian Climate Leadership and EDIF

    11:15 am - 11:45 am

    Fireside chat

    With Prof. A Jhunjhunwala, President of IIT Madras research and incubation cell. Discussion on the transformative potential of cleantech innovations in bridging the gap between climate action and economic growth.

    11:45 am - 12:30 pm

    Panel discussion

    Role of the private sector in India’s decarbonisation agenda. Integrating decarbonisation into corporate R&D frameworks and targets.

    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Panel discussion

    Directing venture capital and private equity money towards enterprises/innovations that reduce carbon emissions and which drive India’s decarbonization agenda.


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