Howard Center Director Kathy Best and Capital News Service Managing Director Marty Kaiser convened the first meeting of project partners Tuesday. Through the summer, Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty members and students will work with NPR, The Baltimore Sun and Wide Angle Youth Media to examine the effects of climate change during periods of extreme heat in Baltimore neighborhoods.
The project is led by members of Merrill College’s professional and research faculty in partnership with journalists from those professional news organizations. Graduate and undergraduate students at Merrill College will be the project’s reporters, photojournalists, data journalists, audience editors and more.
Best and Kaiser are overseeing the project. Merrill College faculty members Brooke Auxier, Sandy Banisky, Tim Jacobsen, Adam Marton, Sean Mussenden and Krishnan Vasudevan are the editors in charge of the project’s numerous pieces.
Additionally, veteran Baltimore journalist John Fairhall and Wide Angle Youth Media instructor Emma Bergman will be project editors. Wide Angle Youth Media students will contribute photography and videography.
Merrill College students will work with NPR editor Bob Little, producer Meg Anderson and data editor Sean McMinn to turn the Howard Center project into a radio story.
Baltimore Sun data journalist Christine Zhang and environment reporter Scott Dance, a Merrill College alumnus, will contribute additional reporting. The Sun plans to publish part of the project.
This summer’s work follows a yearlong CNS investigation into the effects of extreme cold on Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents. That project, “Bitter Cold: Climate Change, Public Health and Baltimore,” was published in May.
The Howard Center at Merrill College is a new multidisciplinary program funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation in honor of Roy W. Howard. The center seeks to tell stories of national and international importance while training the next generation of watchdog reporters.
Capital News Service is Merrill College’s nonprofit, student-staffed news organization led by faculty members with distinguished journalism experience. CNS has bureaus and news teams in Annapolis, Baltimore, College Park and Washington.