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The Time Is NowMonday, May 23, 3PM – 8PM
The New School – 65 W 11th Street, NYC

Extended deadline: May 12, 2016
Tuition: Free for Accepted Applicants

A workshop for journalists in community + ethnic media

The change is visible. 2015 was the hottest summer ever recorded in New York City.  Heat waves and extreme precipitation are expected to continue and worsen in the coming decades, posing potential health risks for people, and new stresses to the city’s economy and infrastructure. Hurricane Sandy, in 2012, was a cruel reminder of how vulnerable our communities are, especially immigrant neighborhoods.

How do we prepare our audiences to build strategies and political power to address adversity and adapt successfully?

Join us for a workshop that will broaden your understanding of climate change and give you new tools and resources to create engaging stories.  You’ll come away with:

  • A deeper understanding of how climate change impacts New York City.
  • A better sense of the risks, challenges and opportunities facing immigrant communities.
  • Connections to important voices and sources for your reporting.
  • Story ideas and new strategies for covering climate change, resiliency and sustainability.

The workshop is free and open to journalists who work for media outlets that serve immigrant audiences in the NY metro area and New School students who are working or aspiring journalists.

Meet our confirmed speakers:

Panel 1 – What do we need to know about climate change in NYC?

Robert Freudenberg
Daniel Bader

Panel 2 – Risks, challenges and opportunities for immigrant communities.

Ya-Ting Liu
Michael Shaikh
Aurash Khawarzad
Juan Camilo Osorio

Panel 3 – How to engage your audience.

Sarah Gonzalez
Brian Kahn
James West
Andrew Freedman


Speaker Bios:

Daniel Bader is a Research Analyst at Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research. One of his primary responsibilities is developing climate scenarios to be used for adaptation planning. 

Through his work, Mr. Bader has extensive experience with preparing and communicating climate science information to policy makers, specifically in New York City and New York State. Mr. Bader’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science from Cornell and Master of Arts in Climate and Society from Columbia.

Robert Freudenberg is director of RPA’s energy and environmental programs, leading the organization’s initiatives in climate mitigation and adaptation, open space conservation and park development, and natural resources management. He oversees a comprehensive program of projects and policies to improve public health, quality of life, sustainable development and climate resilience in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. Rob works closely with other RPA staff to integrate these objectives with RPA’s transportation and community development initiatives. Follow him @RobFreuddirector of Region Plan Association’s  energy and environmental programs, leading the organization’s  initiatives in areas including climate mitigation and adaptation, open  space conservation and park development, and water resource  management. He oversees a comprehensive program of projects and policies to improve public health, quality of life, sustainable development and climate resilience in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. Rob works closely with other RPA staff to integrate these objectives with RPA’s economic, transportation, land use, design and community development initiatives.

Brian Kahn is a Senior Science Writer at Climate Central. He  previously worked at the International Research Institute for  Climate and Society and partnered with climate.gov to produce  multimedia stories, manage social media campaigns and develop version 2.0 of climate.gov. His writing has also appeared in the  Wall Street Journal, Grist, the Daily Kos, Justmeans and the Yale Forum on Climate Change in the Media. He holds an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University. Follow him @blkahn

 Aurash Khawarza is the Policy Coordinator at We Act for  Environmental Justice were he worked in the Northern  Manhattan Climate Action Plan. Other of his projects are  Waycount, a tool for community-based transportation planning,  and the redevelopment of the 135th Street Marine Waste Transfer Station, among others. He’s also a lecturer on urban planning at The New School. Follow him @Khawarzad

Ya-Ting Liu is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector and is a leading advocate for transit equity and environmental justice, with nearly a decade of experience leading campaigns and organizing communities in support of transit and sustainability initiatives, including PlaNYC. Ya-Ting was previously Director of the New York League of Conservation Voter’s New York City Sustainability Program, where she led and directed NYLCV’s legislative, advocacy and civic engagement work across the five boroughs. Prior to joining the League, she was Director of Transit and Government Affairs at Transportation Alternatives (TA), a leading transportation advocacy organization. At TA, she planned and developed civic engagement strategies, built coalitions around specific campaigns and liaised with elected officials at all levels. Ya-Ting was previously the Federal Advocate at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, where she engaged coalition partners on national transportation policies and organized the first-ever state transportation reform conference. Ya-Ting holds a Master of Arts degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the Board of Directors at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Ya-Ting is Mom to a toddler, twins and rescue dog, and a rider of all modes of public transportation. Follow her  @yating_liu

Michael Shaikh is the deputy director for external affairs, New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and former deputy commissioner for the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs. He worked a year as a Human Rights officer for the United Nations in Myanmar, and was the director of country operations for the Center for Civilians in Conflict. Follow him @michaelshaikh

Juan Camilo Osorio is NYC Environmental Justice Alliance’s Director of Research. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development (PSPD), introducing graduate students to qualitative and quantitative urban planning research. Before joining NYC-EJA, he was a Senior Planner and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst at The Municipal Art Society Planning Center, where he used spatial information to support research and advocacy on community-based planning, urban design and historic preservation. Before moving to New York, he worked with the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, a nonprofit agency based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, using GIS to study systematic and procedural impediments to fair housing in the central and western regions of that State. He received a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a professional degree in architecture from the National University of Colombia, Bogotá.

Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR. Her investigative and feature stories have received national awards from SPJ Sigma Delta Chi, PRNDI and the Education Writers’ Association, and several regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Her investigation into charter schools turning away students with severe disabilities was awarded an Online News Association award for Innovative, Investigative Journalism. The San Diego native graduated from Mills College in Oakland in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and journalism. Follow her @GonzalezSarahA

James West is senior digital editor for Mother Jones, and before that, the senior producer for its reporting project Climate Desk. He wrote Beijing Blur (Penguin 2008). James has a masters of journalism from NYU, and has produced a variety of award-winning shows in his native Australia, including the national affairs program Hack. He’s been to Kyrgyzstan, and also invited himself to Thanksgiving dinner after wrongly receiving invites for years from the mysterious Tran family. His big interest is in how to make climate change—a giant, difficult story—interesting for bigger audiences. Follow him @jameswest2010

Andrew Freedman is Mashable’s Science Editor. Prior to working at Mashable, Freedman was a Senior Science writer for Climate Central. He was ranked as the most prolific climate reporter in the U.S. in 2012, and the second-most prolific in 2013. He has also worked as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly and Greenwire/E&E Daily. His writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, online at The Weather Channel, and washingtonpost.com, where he wrote a weekly climate science column for the “Capital Weather Gang” blog. He has provided commentary on climate science and policy for Sky News, CBC Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Sirius XM Radio, PBS NewsHour, and other national and international outlets. He holds a Masters in Climate and Society from Columbia University, and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Follow him @afreedma

If you have questions, please email us at climate@feetin2worlds.org.

Support for this workshop comes from the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.