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Guwahati Edition

The Climate Data Journalism Workshop- Guwahati edition

In partnership with the Azim Premji University, IndiaSpend curated a series of 2- day Climate Data Journalism workshops across 5 different cities. The main aim is to bridge the wide gaps in understanding climate change and its impact on the socio-economic fabric of the country combined with an evident apathy on the part of editors and owners of mainstream media.

The workshops focused on providing guidance, imparting data and solution journalism to journalists, journalism students, and civil society organizations on how they can contribute in a more meaningful way to reporting on climate change, the odds of sparking public interest and steering attention to understanding one’s role in the fight for the planet.

Through Climate Data Journalism Workshops we have built a cohort of climate change journalism networks. The workshops have contributed to the formation of this collective body, indicating collaboration and shared interests in reporting on climate change-related issues.

The main components of the workshop included sessions on data, visualizations, policy, misinformation and media literacy, writing a climate change story, and a few case studies.

Faculty

Sushanta Talukdar

Editor, nezine.com

Shreya Khaitan

Writer and editor, IndiaSpend

Santonu Goswami

Associate Professor, Azim Premji University

Sanjoy Hazarika

Columnist & Author

Karma Paljor

Co-founder: Atvi Infotainment

Govindraj Ethiraj

Founder: IndiaSpend & BOOMLive

Dr. Rahul Mahanta

Department of Physics, Cotton University, Guwahati

Divya Chandra

Workshops and Training, BOOM FactCheck

Bhupendra Nath Goswami

Meteorologist & Climatologist

Amit Kumar

East Mojo

Agenda

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Registration

Registration, Wi-Fi connection and tech check.

10:00 am – 10:20 am

Inaugural session

Welcome address

10:20 am – 10:30 am

Defining impact

This session focuses on the core purpose of the EarthCheck initiative and identifies gaps that this initiative aims to address. Why building a frontline of climate change journalists is crucial for the subcontinent, and more importantly, what does success look like.

10:30 am – 10:50 am

Lecture

India and the climate abyss – A concise overview of rising temperatures and its impact in the near future.

11:15 am – 1:00 pm

Masterclass: Building blocks of a data-backed and evidence-based climate change report

In this session you will understand how to structure a climate change article – the rigor in planning, analyzing data and policy, identifying sources, fact checking and nuances in field reporting so as to gain perspective on the best practices in reporting climate change stories. You will be equipped with a checklist on what constitutes a robust report. Using published work, essentially the author’s articles and reports, various aspects of reporting will be deconstructed and analyzed from different points of view. This is a working session and participants will be involved in the analysis of articles.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Meeting the editor's expectations

The success of a high quality article or report is almost always a good and robust pitch. This session will piece the pitch puzzle and participants will get an understanding on what an ideal pitch should cover from an editor’s perspective.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The reporter’s dilemma

An open discussion on access to resources, current and quality datasets and sources, sector experts and spokespersons, academic and research papers, visualizations and factchecking.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mapping the field, listening to people

A preview into an upcoming series of articles documenting the impact of climate change in the north-east.

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Quick recap

Address any pending questions

10:00 am – 10:05 am

Updates and announcements

Goal setting for the day

10:05 am – 10:45 am

Guest speaker

Prof Goswami’s efforts in installing state of the art Climate Prediction system and short and medium range weather prediction system at India Meteorological Department (IMD) has led to perceptible improvement in the skill of weather and climate forecasts in the country. This has improved confidence of the common man as well as the policy makers on the forecasts by IMD. The economic benefit to the farmers from the improved climate and weather forecasts is estimated to be about Rs. 50,000 Crores per year.

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Masterclass

The art of data storytelling highlights the role of visualizations in unpacking complex and layered data-driven narratives into a simple and structured story. By weaving visualizations into storytelling, reports stand a better chance in terms of gaining traction and are bound to resonate with a wider audience.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Practical session

A step-by-step classroom session on how to use basic creative tools to tell stories – Create GIFS, memes and use of comics to tell a story.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Masterclass: Disinformation, misinformation, and verification

This session will train you to detect the difference between disinformation and misinformation, verify images, text, and videos you receive on WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. You will learn how to access online factchecking tools and gain hands-on experience of applying them in your daily routine.

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Vote of Thanks

Handover of certificates

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.

Gallery

On Social Media

The second in our series of #climatechange workshops for journalists, in #northeastindia, by
Amit Kumar of @EastMojo talks about #climatechange - what it is and what it's not. The only tool he's used for his entire talk is a map of Northeast India.
Conducted a fact-checking workshop on debunking climate misinformation for the journalists in the Northeast
Please share this interesting opportunity for journalists especially located in northeast India.
Thank you @IndiaSpend @azimpremjiuniv for contriving an EarthCheck workshop in Guwahati.
Starting our second EarckCheck
collaboration with cotton university in
Guwahati organized a two-day workshop on Climate Change reporting in Cotton University from February 3-4.

On Social Media

The second in our series of #climatechange workshops for journalists, in #northeastindia, by
Amit Kumar of @EastMojo talks about #climatechange - what it is and what it's not. The only tool he's used for his entire talk is a map of Northeast India.
Conducted a fact-checking workshop on debunking climate misinformation for the journalists in the Northeast
Please share this interesting opportunity for journalists especially located in northeast India.
Thank you @IndiaSpend @azimpremjiuniv for contriving an EarthCheck workshop in Guwahati.
Starting our second EarckCheck
collaboration with cotton university in
Guwahati organized a two-day workshop on Climate Change reporting in Cotton University from February 3-4.

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