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“Creating Your Laudato Si’ Narrative” Archdiocese of Chicago Presentation

I am giving a presentation on climate change communication for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity on Wednesday. The event description, my slides and links to additional resources are below.

“Join the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity on Wednesday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as we answer Pope Francis’ call to ‘each person on this living planet’ to care for our common home. Because everyone’s home is different, creating effective campaigns around this initiative can be challenging.

During this seminary, Assistant Professor of Journalism Jill Hopke of DePaul University will share insights from the latest social science research on how to design communication strategies that connect climate change to daily life and tips for choosing engaging climate visuals. Participants will get ideas for how to tell new narratives about the human toll of our changing climate, as well as for building community resiliency and climate hope.”

Wednesday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cardinal Meyer Center
3525 South Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

To register, click here.

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New DePaul undergraduate course in climate change communication

I will be teaching a new undergraduate course in climate change communication at DePaul University in the winter quarter. The course is part of the university minors in Environmental Communication and Climate Change Science and Policy.

If you are an instructor at another university, or a student interested in enrolling, please feel free to contact me with any questions. The syllabus is below.

JOUR 311 / CMNS 363: Climate Change Communication

DePaul University, College of Communication

Section 201 / 501, Class 2504 / 25225, Winter Quarter 2018

Room 314 Arts and Letters Hall, Lincoln Park Campus, Monday / Wednesday 2:40 to 4:10 p.m.

Instructor: Dr. Jill Hopke, Assistant Professor of Journalism

Contact: jhopke@depaul.edu (I strive to respond to emails within one business day, excluding weekends); 312-362-7641 (office)

Office location: 1123 Daley, 14 E. Jackson, Loop Campus

Office hours: Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. in my Loop office; directly following class in the LPC (and by email appointment)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillhopke

Course Description

Individuals make up their minds on climate change, energy development, and other science of pressing public policy importance through a complex set of factors: values, demographics, political ideology, and so on. Journalists, strategic communicators, scientists, and policy analysts need to be able to communicate effectively with diverse public audiences on climate and energy topics. This course is oriented from a science communication perspective and draws on social scientific research on communicating on climate change and energy issues. We will take a human perspective on climate issues and focuses on the social, political and cultural aspects of climate change. The course covers best practices for promoting and facilitating public dialogue on climate change policy and global energy systems. Topics covered include: climate change public opinion and knowledge, media portrayals of climate change and its societal effects, climate skepticism and denial, psychological factors that contribute to values and beliefs on climate science, journalism and covering climate issues, framing and developing narratives on climate impacts, and climate change in popular culture. Students will conduct original research to analyze and evaluate climate change communication. For the final project, students have the option of completing a major journalistic reporting project, designing an advocacy or marketing campaign, or conducting a research project.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the function of communication in shaping attitudes, values, practices and policy on climate change and energy issues in the United States and internationally;
  • Understand the role of worldviews, perceptions, and beliefs in shaping public opinion on climate change and energy development;
  • Understand the roots of climate denialism in a U.S. political context and internationally;
  • Identify and evaluate mechanisms for communicating on climate science and energy issues; and
  • Identify and evaluate rhetoric and visual communication generated, and used by, those communicating about climate change and energy topics.

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“Communicating on Climate Change” talk at DePaul University

I am giving a talk on Tuesday as part of the kickoff event for DePaul University’s new undergraduate minor in Climate Change Science and Policy.

The talk will be in the Lincoln Park Campus, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., in McGowan South.

My slides from the talk are available below:

In the winter 2018 quarter I will be teaching a new undergraduate course that is part of the minor in Climate Change Communication.

JOUR 311/ CMNS 363: Climate Change Communication

Monday / Wednesday

2:40 to 4:10 p.m.

Lincoln Park Campus

The course description is as follows:

JOUR 311/CMNS 363: Climate Change Communication

Course Description:
Individuals make up their minds on climate change, energy development, and other science of pressing public policy importance through a complex set of factors: values, demographics, political ideology, and so on. Journalists, strategic communicators, scientists, and policy analysts need to be able to communicate effectively with diverse public audiences on climate and energy topics. This course is oriented from a science communication perspective and draws on social scientific research on communicating on climate change and energy issues. We will take a human perspective on climate issues and focuses on the social, political and cultural aspects of climate change. The course covers best practices for promoting and facilitating public dialogue on climate change policy and global energy systems. Topics covered include: climate change public opinion and knowledge, media portrayals of climate change and its societal effects, climate skepticism and denial, psychological factors that contribute to values and beliefs on climate science, journalism and covering climate issues, framing and developing narratives on climate impacts, and climate change in popular culture. Students will conduct original research to analyze and evaluate climate change communication. For the final project, students have the option of completing a major journalistic reporting project, designing an advocacy or marketing campaign, or conducting a research project.

For registration:
JOUR 311: Section 201; Class # 25204
CMNS 363: Section 501; Class # 25225

For questions or the syllabus, please contact Dr. Jill Hopke, jhopke@depaul.edu.

Presenting on internet-mediated climate activism at AEJMC 2017

On August 10, 2017, I will be presenting on “Internet-Mediated Climate Advocacy: History, Convergence, and Future Outlook,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago. The research is authored with Luis Hestres (University of Texas at San Antonio).

Research summary:

The past two decades have transformed the ways political groups and individuals engage in collective action. Meanwhile, the climate change advocacy landscape, previously dominated by well-established environmental organizations, now accommodates new ones focused exclusively on this issue. This article examines the convergence of these trends through the examples of 350.org, the Climate Reality Project, and The Guardian’s “Keep It in The Ground” campaign. Implications for the future of Internet-mediated climate advocacy are discussed.

Fossil fuel divestment and climate change communication article in ORE Climate Science

ORE Climate Science homepage screenshot.

“Fossil Fuel Divestment and Climate Change Communication,” ORE Climate Science featured article July 2017.

Since 2012, the fossil fuel divestment movement has expanded beyond college campuses in the United States and United Kingdom to include 688 institutions, in 76 countries, and 58,399 individual investors, with commitments totally more than $5 trillion dollars. In an article published in June by the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science, along with Luis Hestres of the University of Texas at San Antonio, I examine the origins, growth and arguments for and against divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

The article is the ORE Climate Science featured article for the month of July. In December it will appear in print in the new Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, edited by Matthew Nisbet of Northeastern University. As Nisbet writes:

“Until now, however, there has not existed a leading scholarly outlet where the broad range of climate change communication, media and public opinion research is reviewed, synthesized, and critiqued; or translated in relation to other disciplines and professions. To address this gap, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication is a curated series of 115 original peer-reviewed articles published in print and digital format, and by way of the web-based Oxford Research Encyclopedia (ORE) Climate Science. The collected articles comprehensively review research on climate change communication, advocacy, media and cultural portrayals, and their relationship to societal decisions, public knowledge, perceptions, and behavior. Co-authored by more than 250 experts representing more than a dozen disciplines and twenty countries.”

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