How do journalists tell climate stories, and who is telling these stories? How can journalists collaborate more effectively across borders to tell underreported climate stories? How do we connect global and local climate issues to other issues of importance, such as gender, religion, labor, and social justice?
The Pulitzer Center’s 2022 conference, #Interconnected22, will try to answer those questions. The June 9-10 conference will be a hybrid event with in-person programming in Washington, D.C., and virtual programming for a global audience via Zoom and YouTube.
Below, staff from the Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) and the Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN) share their hopes for the conference. For most, this would be the first opportunity to meet each other in person as many of their colleagues work abroad across varying time zones:
Fernanda Buffa, Rainforest Journalism Fund assistant: “I'm excited to watch the panels and meet our grantees! It's great to be able to talk to people and understand how they view the importance of rainforest reporting.”
Jelter Meers, Rainforest Investigations Network program manager: “Meeting in person and having get-togethers will result in RIN Fellows and RJF grantees talking about their work and story ideas, creating opportunities for new global investigations that will uncover new topics.”
Marina Walker Guevara, executive editor: “Rainforest stories do not stop at national borders. Companies, commodities, and crimes are connected across the world. Journalists are starting to connect, too, sharing leads, data and resources. This is a game changer!”
Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, Rainforest Investigations Network data editor: “I believe the in-person conference and the many networking opportunities will forge more collaborations among some of the best environmental journalists from all over the world.”
Grenti Paramitha, Southeast Asia education coordinator: “Shaping the program and perspective with the most passionate people in rainforest issues globally is of an essence to strengthening impact in the region.”
Jonatan Rodríguez, Amazon outreach coordinator: “[The conference will] Inspire us to define a common vision for the next year of the rainforest community, identifying common needs to collaborate and exchange resources.”
Afy Malungu, Congo Basin outreach coordinator: “I'm glad to finally have a face-to-face conversation with grantees and professionals from different places and experiences. And I look forward to panels to share, learn, understand, and discuss topics to strengthen communication and awareness around rainforests.”
Vijitra Duangdee, Southeast Asia outreach coordinator: “I yearn to be face-to-face with everyone. Everything starts with a connection. We're trying to address problems where disconnection with our nature is one of the factors. I hope we get to connect, hearing each other's contexts and stories.”