Ways of Telling: A Handbook for Reporting on Climate Change in South India

Sibi Arasu, Kaavya Pradeep Kumar  | 2021


Stories around climate change are not easy to tell. They are complex, technical, and develop slowly. In newsrooms where speed is king, accurate and comprehensive reporting on environmental crises often takes a hit. Scientific rigour and accuracy, sensitive representations and consistent reportage on more slow-onset events such as drought and sea-level rise are critical to build public awareness and set the agenda for more ambitious climate policies that cater to the needs of the most vulnerable.

This handbook is part of an effort by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) to translate in-depth research on climate change into valuable lessons for journalists in order to navigate this complex space more meaningfully. It focuses on the southern Indian states’ climate-changed future but the bulk of this book details general best practices and compiles links to resources that would be useful for all journalists and students interested in covering environmental change.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24943/WTHRCCSI02.2021