Announcing Fathm’s European Climate Reporting Bootcamp

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Right from our beginning, Fathm has strived to put climate considerations at the forefront of everything we do.

We work with Ecologi to offset the carbon we use and implement a Supplier Code of Conduct to help us make informed decisions about our suppliers. In 2021, we hosted the Reporting Earth Summit with Falmouth University and coached five prototype climate reporting projects from idea to implementation.

Today we are proud to announce the inaugural European Climate Reporting Bootcamp, part of Google News Initiative’s Collaboration for Climate Reporting programme.

The two-day Bootcamp, taking place in Bonn, Germany, next month, will bring together journalists, innovators and technologists from newsrooms across Europe to uncover fresh thinking and approaches around the most important story of our time.

The way we cover climate needs a rethink. If we want to engage audiences and go beyond preaching to the choir then we need to create space to innovate from the ground up. The European Climate Reporting Bootcamp will use Fathm’s pioneering Journalism Design Sprint to identify and facilitate collaborative solutions around the way we cover climate in 2023 and beyond.

Plus, we’ll be joined by uniquely expert speakers from inside and outside the industry to get us thinking out of the box.

Reducing Fathm’s carbon footprint

As with all Fathm events, we will endeavour to make the Bootcamp a low carbon – or even carbon neutral – event, including plant-based catering and a travel stipend to encourage participants to travel to Bonn by train where possible.

The Collaboration for Climate Reporting programme from Google News Initiative aims to provide journalists with training resources to help better understand and report on the climate crisis. Other partners in the programme include AFP, which is launching its first climate reporting lessons in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, and the European Journalism Centre, which has announced the creation of a new ‘Climate Journalism Award’ to showcase environmental stories with impact.

These steps are a small, but important, part of the solution to fighting human-induced climate change and Fathm’s ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. Find out more in our Environmental Policy.

There are just a few places left for Fathm’s European Climate Reporting Bootcamp on 16 and 17 May, which is open to climate journalists and newsroom leaders/technologists employed by European newsrooms.

To express your interest in attending, please email by 24 April and describe in no more than 150 words your role and what you hope to gain from the Bootcamp.