Climate Change Coverage Lacking, Experts Say

When it comes to the hot topic of climate change, the news media needs to do a better job of clarifying the science and shifting the conversation toward solutions, a trio of panelists agreed Tuesday night as part of the ongoing Wilderness Issues Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

The challenge for the media in providing sufficient and accurate coverage of environmental news, particularly climate change, is partly due to its nature, the panelists said.

The media likes breaking stories, or at least stories that have a clear sequence of events, “but stories like those on climate and the environment don’t break, they ooze. They ooze over time,” said panelist Frank Allen, president and executive director of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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