2018 Journalists & Editors Workshop on Climate Change in the Americas (FIU)

“Climate Change in the Americas” is the theme of the 35th edition of the annual Journalists & Editors Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean to be held on March 27-28, 2018, at Florida International University’s Miami Beach Urban Studios.

Each year, FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and School of Communication+Journalism partner to provide a forum for journalists, scholars and policy-makers to discuss the social, economic and political issues facing the hemisphere. These conversations represent informed, interdisciplinary efforts toward enhancing and deepening news coverage, policy decision-making, and the general public’s understanding of the region.

This event is free and all are welcome. Space is limited so everyone must pre-register for sessions and workshops to participate.



Theme: Climate Change in the Americas
In recent years the news industry has wrestled with the challenge of understanding and reporting on the world’s changing climate and the increasing number of disasters that some, but not all, attribute to that change. This event will bring together experts to explain the science — or lack thereof — and journalists to share the latest techniques in “how to” workshops.

This year we’ll have two keynote panel discussions, as well as one keynote presentation, exploring climate change topics relevant to South Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean societies. The panels include a lively advocates and skeptics debate, as well as an informative discussion about the realities of sea level rise to be moderated by NBC's John Morales. Attendees can expect perspecitves from on-the-ground experts, media professionals, researchers, educators and students.


Who is coming?
The workshop attracts some of the top experts on climate change and global warming from the business, nonprofit, and academic worlds, as well as policy makers from international organizations, Latin American and Caribbean governments. Participants will include professional journalists, technology enthusiasts, and students from the fields of Journalism, Communication, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Marketing, and Information Technology, among others.


Agenda, more details to come
This event is free and all are welcome, however space is limited. All attendees must pre-register for each session in order to participate.

Tuesday, March 27, evening

  • 6p Opening Reception
  • 7p Keynote Conversation on Climate Change in the Americas with Natalia Lever (The Climate Reality Project) and James Taylor (The Heartland Institute), moderated by Alejandro Alvarado Bremer (FIU-CARTA Journalism+Media).
  • 8:30p Close

Wednesday, March 28

  • 9a Skills-based workshops
  • 1p Lunch 'n' Learn with National Geographic Grants and Knight Foundation program managers
  • 2p Keynote discussion on sea level rise in the Americas with Hal Wanless (Geological Sciences at U. of Miami), Thomas Wahl (Coastal Risks and Engineering at U. of Central Florida), Tiffany Troxler (FIU Sea Level Solutions Center) and Juliet Pinto (FIU-CARTA Journalism+Media), moderated by John Morales (NBC Meteorologist)
  • 3p Reporting on Science and the Scientific Method with John Morales (NBC Meteorologist)
  • 4:30p Skills-based workshop
  • 6p Close


Workshops, you must pre-register

Workshop 1, Wednesday 9a
How to Cover Natural Disasters on TV, with Vanessa Hauc, Noticiero Telemundo National Correspondent, and co-fouder of the environmentalist organization Sachamama.

Workshop 2, Wednesday 9a
The Experience of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: How to cover the most devastating hurricane in Puerto Rican history, with Sandra Rodriguez Coto, investigative journalist and host at Puerto Rico's WAPA radio.

Workshop 3, Wednesday 4:30p
How to Face Climate Change Inside and Outside our Campuses, How to organize to promote and comply with climate change’s sustainability goals, with Natalia Lever, Manager for Mexico and Latin America, The Climate Reality Project.

Organizer Florida International University

The FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts's Department of Journalism+Media is internationally-known for preparing students to be outstanding journalists.


Wed, March 28, 2018
6 p.m. - 6 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Eastern


FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
United States of America

The Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) is a unique 16,000sf facility in the 420 Lincoln Road Building that hosts an interdisciplinary array of innovative exhibitions, classes, research laboratories, and events for the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.