Going on nearly a decade as the national environmental correspondent at The New York Times, Felicity Barringer visited my class “Environmental Communications in the Anthropocene” to share hard-won insights and stories from the field. She shared some of the watchwords that guide her work: empathy, science, and trust. To prepare for the conversation, we read Felicity’s reporting on the controversy surrounding the Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Point Reyes National Seashore here and here.
In the first session of “Environmental Communications in the Anthropocene” — my informal title for the new class I am teaching at UCLA this winter — we were joined by Ken Weiss, a renowned environmental reporter and science writer for the Los Angeles Times, and Nancy Baron, author of Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter, the textbook for the course. Before this session we read, watched and explored Ken’s tremendous in-depth series “Beyond 7 Billion” in the Los Angeles Times.
The ever-provocative blogger at Discover Magazine’s “Collide-a-Scape” blog, Keith Kloor specializes in sparking, convening, and moving forward important conversations about the changing landscape of science and the environment in the Anthropocene. He came to my class “Environmental Communications in the Anthropocene” to school us in the art and practice of journalism as an essential, ongoing conversation.
An artist of sound, story, scene, and science, Lauren Sommer reports for QUEST – KQED Radio’s multiplatform science and environmental series. She came to “Environmental Communications in the Anthropocene,” my class at UCLA, to share the secrets of painting powerful pictures and telling compelling stories about our complicated times with sound — and then joining those stories with the rich possibilities of multimedia online. To prepare for our conversation with Lauren, we listened to her report “Restore The California Delta! To What, Exactly?” on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and explored the interactive map and narrative at “Envisioning California’s Delta As It Was.”
In this podcast from my UCLA class “Environmental Communications in the Anthropocene,” the podcasting pioneers from Generation Anthropocene — Mike Osborne, Miles Traer, and Leslie Chang — joined us to discuss the meaning of the Anthropocene and how the changing media landscape is changing the way we communicate with each other about the environment. Before the class, we listened to episodes from their podcast series on Grist.