Fresno State symposium to focus on media coverage of climate change

The Fresno BeeMarch 27, 2014 

The role of journalism in covering the climate change debate will be the focus of the Roger Tatarian Journalism Symposium from 9 a.m. to noon April 3 at Fresno State.

The event will be held in the Satellite Student Union, 2485 E. San Ramon Ave.

Scholars and journalists will discuss the media's approach to telling the public about conflicting scientific claims.

Professor Robert Hackett of the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia will speak on "Journalism for a Planetary Emergency." He will advocate that journalists adopt a "crisis" approach toward covering the climate.

Tom Yulsman, a professor in the University of Colorado's Journalism and Mass Communication program, will speak on the topic, "With climate journalism like this, who needs fiction?" He also runs the university's Center for Environmental Journalism and is a former editor-in-chief of Earth magazine.

Mark Grossi, environmental reporter for The Fresno Bee, will discuss covering climate change as a journalist.

Following the presentations, a question-and-answer session will be held with the audience.

The free event is presented by the College of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism and co-sponsored by the Associated Students Inc. Readership Program.

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