May 28, 2020 7:00pm — May 28, 2020 8:00pm


Join the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism for a discussion about the award-winning climate change collaboration from the Howard Center, NPR and Merrill College’s Capital News Service.

Moderated by Howard Center Director Kathy Best, panelists will discuss the investigative reporting that went into “Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide” and what took place behind the scenes before the project went live.

Code Red, the inaugural project of the Howard Center, explored the disproportionate impact a warming climate has on residents of primarily poor, urban neighborhoods. The findings of the months-long investigation were presented in stories, photos, graphics, videos and interactives. NPR produced national stories connected to the partnership that aired on “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.”

Code Red has won numerous professional awards, including the National Press Foundation’s Innovative Storytelling Award, a professional prize never before awarded to a student-led project.

The link to join the Zoom conference will be sent to registrants the day of the panel. Call-in options will also be available.

Panelists include:

Sean Mussenden ’00, Data Editor, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. Sean is the former Washington correspondent for Media General and the Orlando Sentinel. He teaches courses that incorporate data visualization, programming, web development and design, data analysis and computational journalism.

Krishnan Vasudevan, Assistant Professor of Visual Communication. A multimedia journalist published in Slate and The New York Times, Krishnan studies the intersection of media, culture and design to understand why people produce media.

Sandy Banisky, Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism. Former deputy managing editor of The Baltimore Sun, Sandy teaches urban affairs reporting, an award-winning class that explores issues important to cities using Baltimore as a laboratory.

Camila Velloso ’20, Master’s student, Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Theresa Diffendal ’20, Master’s student, Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Moderated by Kathy Best, Director, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. As executive editor and managing editor for digital news, Kathy led The Seattle Times to two Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news. She also reported on Illinois state politics and covered presidential races for the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

Registration is required and space is limited. Please register by May 28 at noon. The link to the virtual conference room will be sent out the day of the event.