Brussels 13 June 2022 – The media are a long way from providing adequate coverage of the severity of the climate crisis, while journalists need more training to improve their reporting, a new International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) global survey has revealed.
The IFJ has urged media, journalists and unions to take a stronger lead in stimulating the debate and action around climate change.
Results of the global survey show that a big majority of journalists (over 81%) are “very concerned” about climate change. However, only one in four believe the media in their country is doing an adequate job of covering the climate crisis.
Half of respondents said their own news organisation does not dedicate special coverage to climate change. Less than 6% claim they have had access to dedicated training, while less than 5% have a department dedicated to reporting on climate change.
While the survey shows that 54% of journalists say at least some media in their country have special reporting on climate change the figures vary from region to region, with European media providing the most dedicated coverage.