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Why the media matters in a warming world

Climate change journalism - needed now / Fredrik Naumann - Panos Pictures

A guide for policymakers in the global South

The Climate Change Media Partnership has published a briefing paper that recommends ways for policymakers to support a better class of climate change journalism that is relevant to local audiences, builds public awareness of the issues and contributes to improved policymaking.

Climate change journalism can protect people and promote sustainable development — but only if it is accurate, timely and relevant. Strengthening the media’s capacity to cover climate change can help countries to plan and implement domestic policies that work on the ground, while also meeting their international obligations. Policymakers have a huge role to play: by improving the media’s access to locally relevant policy information; supporting journalists to report from rural areas and international meetings; engaging the media in policy and planning processes; and working to improve their own media literacy and ability to communicate clearly on climate change.

The Climate Change Media Partnership is a joint initiative between IIEDInternews and Panos to improve media coverage of climate change issues in developing countries.

This policy brief has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents are the sole responsibility of the CCMP and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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