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Beyond Representation: Equity in climate and energy journalism

February 3 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

As news organizations focus more attention on environmental justice, what steps can they take to ensure they’re truly serving the communities they cover? In this virtual panel discussion, we will talk to journalists and advocates about what equity in climate and energy journalism should look like, and what steps news organizations can take to move in that direction. 

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All registrants will also get a link to the recording after the event. 

This webinar is free of charge but you can make a free-will donation when you register to support the Energy News Network’s independent journalism. 

This event is hosted by Fresh Energy and the Energy News Network

Event Panelists:

Audrey Henderson, reporter, Energy News Network

Audrey Henderson is an independent writer and researcher based in the greater Chicago area with advanced degrees in sociology and law from Northwestern University. She specializes in sustainability in the built environment, culture and arts related to policy and related topics. Her work has been featured in Wallpaper magazine, the Chicago Reader, Chicago Architect magazine, Next City, Transitions Abroad, Belt Magazine and other consumer and trade publications.

Rukiya Colvin, freelance writer

Rukiya is a native and current resident of Detroit, Michigan, who has a deep-rooted commitment to mobilizing her community. She’s currently an urban planning graduate student at Wayne State University, with a concentration in housing and community development. As she starts to dive into her career through journalism and community organizing, she plans to continue that path once she graduates. When she’s not writing, Rukiya is organizing with a group called Eastside Solutionaries Collective, which she helped to found.

Marnese Jackson, co-director, Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition

Marnese Jackson

Marnese Jackson is an Environmental and Climate Justice activist, advocate, trainer and educator from Pontiac, Michigan where she is a mother of two children London and Dawson. Marnese was previously with the Mothers Out Front in December 2018 as the Frontline Organizing Program Manager where she focused on building the base of Mothers in Frontline communities. During this time, Marnese was the staff liaison to US Climate Action Network, staff Equity Team and BIPOC Affinity Team member. Marnese also managed the Youth Global Climate Strike (2019) and Earth Day Live (2020). She is the former Midwest and Great Plain States Regional Organizer for the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program. She was the Weatherization Coordinator for Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency and Energy Outreach Specialist for the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office.  

Adam Mahoney, reporter, Grist

Adam Mahoney is a reporter at the nonprofit climate magazine Grist. As a member of the investigations desk, he reports on environmental justice, with a focus on the energy transition, housing, and the experiences of frontline communities after severe weather events. With support from the University of Southern California, he is currently working on a project about his hometown, Wilmington, California, and the public health impacts of living next to an oil refinery. Before joining Grist, he wrote about the Chicago Police Department for the Guardian, Injustice Watch, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Reporter.

Moderator: Ken Paulman, director, Energy News Network

ken paulman

Ken leads the Energy News Network, overseeing and maintaining high quality original journalism and spearheading the expansion of the network into all 50 states. Ken was the founding editor of Midwest Energy News and led the development of Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, Ken was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio and spent five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. He holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ken is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.