Climate coverage difficult, but journalists shouldn’t opt out

first_imgNot so long ago it appeared that a U.S. cap-and-trade bill was well on its way to becoming reality. But then came the “Climategate” emails and increased political opposition, particularly in the Senate, to taking action. While public worries over the impacts of climate change had once been climbing, they’ve since fallen to levels lower than they were 20 years ago.This was the context of “Climate Policy and Politics: Covering Conflict in the Capital, Copenhagen and Beyond,” a discussion panel featuring Eric Pooley, a former Shorenstein Fellow and current deputy editor of Bloomberg.com‘s BusinessWeek and Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post. Other participants included Cristine Russell and Henry Lee of the Belfer Center‘s Environment and Natural Resources Program and Alex S. Jones of the Shorenstein Center.To read morelast_img read more

Authors announced for the ‘LA Times’ Festival

first_imgIn preparation for the 19th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the L.A. Times announced Tuesday the names of hundreds of the event’s participants.The Festival of Books will be held April 12 and 13 on the USC campus for the fourth year, taking over theaters, classrooms and outdoor spaces for a variety of panels, signings, performances and demonstrations.A variety of authors, artists and celebrities are slated to attend the festival, though a schedule will not be announced until March 17, when festival passes go on sale. Individual tickets to events will be available starting April 6.Many USC faculty members, including Aimee Bender, T.C. Boyle, Josh Kun and Varun Soni, are scheduled to appear. USC student performers include Saved by Grace, SoCal Vocals and the Trojan Marching Band.Among the authors scheduled to attend are young adult favorites Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green and Veronica Roth; critical darlings Stephen Chbosky and Sandra Cisneros, and actors-turned-novelists B.J. Novak, Alicia Silverstone and Henry Winkler. Daniel Handler, the man behind A Series of Unfortunate Events, is also slated to attend, following his popular appearance last year.The weekend will begin with the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes ceremony on April 11 in Bovard Auditorium. During the ceremony, John Green will be presented with the 2013 Innovator’s Award and Susan Straight will receive the 2013 Robert Kirsch Award.Green’s best-selling novels have received numerous awards. The author has been experimenting with social media and technology to expand how people in and out of the literary world use the mediums to inspire and teach. According to the L.A. Times Festival of Books’ website, the Innovator’s Award “spotlights cutting-edge business models, technology or applications of narrative art.”The Robert Kirsch Award recognizes a body of work by a writer living in or writing about the American West. Straight is a Riverside, Calif. native.The best books of 2013 will also be recognized at the L.A. Times Book Prizes event. Best books will be selected in each of the 10 categories.The Festival of Books is one of the largest literary festivals in the country. It generally brings more than 150,000 attendees to the event hosted at USC, according to the L.A. Times.last_img read more

Ryan eager to bring home silverware

first_imgThe boss says it’d be great to claim his first piece of silverware since taking charge.Waterford manager Derek McGrath says Tipperary’s achievements so far in the championship have been undervalued.Throw in on Sunday is at 4 o’clock….Tipp FM will have full live coverage, getting underway shortly after 3 in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, NenaghTipp FM will also bring you live coverage of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final between Tipperary and Limerick from 2 o’clock on Sunday with thanks to O’Connell’s Centra, Church Street, Templemore. Tipperary manager Michael Ryan says winning Sunday’s Munster senior hurling final would be a huge boost for his side.The Upperchurch-Drombane club man’s charges face Waterford in the provincial decider.Tipp had five points to spare over the Déise in last year’s final at Semple Stadium.last_img read more