September’s World News Day has set its global target to amplify fact-based climate journalism.
The fourth annual event – a worldwide campaign to draw audience attention to the value of fact-based journalism – will take place on September 28. This year it will highlight the importance of journalism in providing trustworthy information about the future of our planet and its people.
World News Day’s organisers the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the World Editors Forum hope to unite more than 300 news organisations behind this singular theme to drive home the vital message that credible journalism matters if people are to make informed decisions about our planet’s future.
WEF president Warren Fernandez – who is editor-in-chief of Singapore’s Straits Times – says journalists have been at the frontlines covering the pandemic, helping communities and audiences stay informed, and safe. “We now need to turn attention to the other major challenge our world faces — the climate crisis — and show how journalism can make a difference to save our planet. World News Day is an opportunity to go behind the scenes and show how communities are served when journalists do their jobs.”
Last September, journalists from more than 180 news organisations rallied around World News Day to highlight the value of fact-based journalism in an age of misinformation. Dozens of countries were represented by World News Day’s participating organisations with a global reach of 1.28 billion people.
World News Day organisers are seeking publishers’ support and local leadership to help showcase the value of journalism, particularly in telling the story of the climate emergency. For more information contact global project coordinator Alexander Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org