Where does our supply of electricity, natural gas and gasoline come from and how does it get here? Will it keep coming? What do alternative energy sources need to compete? And, how can you take what’s often a boring and technical topic–reporting on energy issues–and make your audience care?
“Covering the Next Energy Crisis,” a one-day seminar hosted by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is aimed at helping journalists understand the issues behind energy supplies and how to better explain these issues through compelling stories. The program, which is co-sponsored by Duke Energy, will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 3, on the UNC campus.
Speakers included Phil Sharp, president of Resources for the Future and former chairman of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee; Robert Koger, president and executive director, Advanced Energy and NC Green Power; and a panel of legislators and regulators discussing the role of the states in setting energy policies. The program also will include a panel of reporters who cover the energy beat — Greg Edwards, staff writer, Richmond Times-Dispatch; Brad Foss, business writer, Associated Press; and Rob Dieterich, energy editor, Bloomberg News — who will offer tips on producing better stories.
The registration fee is $25, which includes lunch and reserved parking. For more information or to register, call toll free 1-800-668-0674 or visit http://www.jomc.unc.edu/executiveeducation/EnergyCrisis/index.html.