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Comparing climate change reporting in Copenhagen by Catherine Ferrieux The context The UNFCCC Cop 15 Conference in Copenhagen, December 7th – 19th, Bella Center I was there as a freelancer attending the last days of the Conference December 17th-19th

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Comparing climate change reporting in Copenhagen

by Catherine Ferrieux


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The context

  • The UNFCCC Cop 15 Conference in Copenhagen, December 7th – 19th, Bella Center

  • I was there as a freelancer attending the last days of the Conference December 17th-19th

  • I interviewed journalists from all over the world attending the Cop 15 during the whole conference (7th to 19th december)


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The survey

  • Comparing national variations in reporting of climate change science during Cop 15.

  • A short questionnaire consisting of 3 questions :

    1) list of topics followed

    2) proportion of science & technology-angled stories vs other angles

    3) space given to scientists in the media/in the country


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Bella Center, the media room


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Whowere the journalistssurveyed

  • Total number of journalistssurveyed : 37

    (out of 3221 accreditedjournalists for Cop 15)

  • Live interviews in Copenhagen : 17

    - EarthJournalismAwards winners

    - journalistsinterviewedatrandom

  • Email interviews : 20

    - UNFCCC fellowjournalists

    - EarthJournalism Network journalists


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Where were they from ?


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What type of media ?


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What speciality for journalists ?


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What topics covered ?


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Proportion of science & technology angled stories

to be compared with:


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Spacegiven to scientists in media

  • In your media

  • In your country’s mainstream media


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Spacegiven to scientists – breakdown by media


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Findings and issues for discussion

  • During Cop 15, science of climate change wasunder- reported

    - By the media in general

    - By the specialized media and science journalists

  • Whathappened to science during Cop 15?

  • Lack of science news ?

  • Bad timing : lack of new report from IPCC ?

  • Climategate : lack of science credibility ?

  • Science and civil society keptasidefrom the Bella Center ; confidential « sideevents » (badlycommunicated & little audience)


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Annex : nb of journalists per country

  • EUROPE :  France 2 UK 1 Germany 1 Spain 1 Portugal 2 Macedonia 1 Slovenia 1

  • MIDDLE EAST: Algeria 1 Lebanon 1 Egypt 2

  • AFRICA :  Senegal 2 Kenya 1 Cameroon 1 Rwanda 1 Botswana 1

  • ASIA   : China 1 Japan 1 Singapore 1 Pakistan 1 India 3 Nepal 1 Philippines 1

  • SOUTH AMERICA : Brazil 3 Guatemala 1 Suriname 1 Mexico 1 Argentina 1

  • NORTH AMERICA : USA 2


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BYE BYE & THANK YOU !


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