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Associated Press to add 20 positions to expand their climate coverage

by Siddhi Ashar, Feb 22
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The Associated Press has set out to hire 20 journalists across Africa, Brazil, India and the US to build their new climate desk. This venture has received almost 8$ million in funding from large philanthropies such as Quadrivium, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation.

So what?

The new initiative is aimed at discussing climate change and its nested issues such as food, migration, housing, and urban planning. With the increased focus on extreme weather, sustainability, publications such as Associated Press and The Washington Post are growing their teams to provide factual coverage and analysis of what is to come. The globally widespread roles also reflect the varying ways in which climate impacts are manifesting and how regions will have to adapt locally in the coming years.

The COVID-19 crisis remains an ongoing example of the damage misinformation and unsubstantiated reporting can do. At this critical moment in the climate crisis, this move can build momentum within readers through fact-checked reports, localized climate stories, community-led solutions, emerging trends, and technologies. An informed and educated populace may be the answer to influencing large-scale system change through them taking to the streets, leading community initiatives or joining decision-making spaces.

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With a background in international studies and filmmaking, Siddhi works with the Futures Centre team to creatively push our current imaginaries and create more positive visions of futures rooted in equity. Her works centers around challenging common narratives and working agilely to bring forth more representative ones. Through her role at the Futures Centre, she focuses on the answering the question, how can better climate communication and visioning help stakeholders work together and act intently, empathetically and urgently?

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