Rafael Pi Roman, Emmy-award-winning host of the WNET TV news magazine, interviewed Glenn at length about AdaptNY’s approach, which combines social media curation, primary source documentation and its own reporting, in order to create sustained coverage of and public conversation around the climate adaptation topic.
“I really started this experiment after the devastation of Sandy, when I was seeing a lot of coverage and attention to recovery, and also to how we would adapt to future extreme weather,” Glenn told Roman. “But my journalistic instincts told me that after some short time that that attention would wane. The effort was really to see if we could sustain the conversation and focus on this issue of climate adaptation and find better solutions by keeping the dialog going.”
The Metrofocus package on AdaptNY included a video report on an AdaptNY climate resilience workshop at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism school last February. The day-long workshop, run by Glenn with partners Online News Association and the Center for Community and Ethnic Media, helped local participants brainstorm ways to inspire local communities to embrace the necessity for climate adaptation.
The success of that workshop provided the inspiration for a similar half-day climate workshop that ONA recently announced will be run by Glenn as part of the organization’s annual conference in Chicago Sept. 25-27.
The Metrofocus program aired the AdaptNY segment June 11 on WLIW-21, and is scheduled to air it again today, June 12, at 8:30 p.m. ET on WNET at 10:30 p.m. ET on NJTV.