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Society for Environmental Journalists

October 6, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm PDT

Panel: “We’re So Screwed”: The Ethics and Efficacy of Doomsday Reporting

This summer, one powerful example of “doomsday” reporting captivated the public, while another proved eerily prescient. David Wallace-Wells’ New York magazine story on the worst-case scenarios posed by climate change nabbed more than 3 million readers in just two weeks, making it the most-read article in the publication’s history. A couple months later, Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, resulting in some of the exact scenarios predicted a year before in a prescient ProPublica/Texas Tribune investigation. We’ll look at these and other examples of journalists trying to sound the alarm, and examine how gloom-and-doom narratives affect public consciousness and preparedness, especially when it comes to existential threats like climate change. And we’ll ask: How can we tell these important stories ethically and effectively?

Moderator: Scott Dodd, Editor in Chief, Grist

  • Jennifer Jacquet, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, New York University and Author, “Is Shame Necessary?”
  • Renee Lertzman, Psychologist and Author, “Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement”
  • Neena Satija, Investigative Reporter and Radio Producer, Texas Tribune and Reveal
  • David Wallace-Wells, Deputy Editor, New York


October 6, 2017
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Event Category:
http:// http://www.sej.org/sej-annual-conferences/AC2017-agenda-friday


Society for Environmental Journalists
Wyndham Grand
Pittsburgh, United States