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Climate Change in the Media: The greatest story never told?

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The King's Climate Activity Hub, in the Department of Geography, King's College London is pleased to announce a free public lecture by Professor Joe Smith (Open University). This event will be followed by a drinks reception. Please register for a free ticket to gain admission.

Climate Change in the Media: The greatest story never told? - Professor Joe Smith

Climate change has been labelled ‘one of the greatest challenges facing humanity', and at the same time the mainstream media consider it a ‘difficult story'. What is going wrong, and who is responsible? Joe will draw on twenty years of experience of research and practical projects at the join between media decision-making and environmental research and policy to sketch out some answers. He will explore the past roles of key players in constructing climate change stories in the media. The talk will focus on the still-influential medium of television, informed by research that has explored fifty years of the BBC’s programming, as well as recent interviews with more than thirty TV producers and commissioners. Joe aims to offer a balance sheet: acknowledging achievements as well as false starts. He will also test and invite ideas about some new storylines that might better support debate and action in a fast-changing media environment.

Joe Smith is Professor of Environment and Society at the Open University.

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