Climate change continues to be an important issue in the media narrative, and journalists play an important role in helping their audience understand new developments and what they can do to contribute to the debate.
In this article from IJNet, Arun Karki, founder and director of the Center for Data Journalism in Nepal, provides six tips for how journalists can use multimedia tools and visual reporting to explain climate change to their readers.
Time-lapse maps created with Google Earth Pro or Google Earth Engine can be used to show how certain areas have changed with time, which can help people better understand the effects of climate change.
Karki also points out that "telling real people's stories with multimedia is more compelling than the science of 'cause and effect'", and highlights the work of Rajneesh Bhandari, multimedia journalist from Nepal.
For example in 2014, Bhandari interviewed people in the Everest region about their concerns that a nearby glacial lake would flood their community due to climate change, and used multimedia formats to present the story in a way that would draw the audience's attention.
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