The online workshop will offer tips for reporting on the 2020 wildfire season.

Photo by Joanne Francis on Unsplash

Photo by Joanne Francis on Unsplash

Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on climate science, and the International Association of Emergency Managers are hosting a one-hour online workshop titled Covering Disasters: 2020 Wildfire Season at 2 p.m. EDT May 14 on Zoom. Fire experts, health professionals, meteorologists and veteran reporters will discuss the 2020 fire season outlook and how to cover fires while COVID-19 protocols are in place. Attendees can also participate in Q&A in the workshop.

The following is a workshop agenda, with the lineup subject to change:

Introduction: Fire Conditions in the West this Year – Monica Woods, chief meteorologist at KXTV (ABC), Sacramento, California.

Part 1: Climate, Health and Emergency Operations – John Upton of Climate Central will moderate, along with speakers Mike Gavin, emergency manager for Fort Collins, Colorado; Daphne Stannard, lecturer at San Francisco State University School of Nursing; and S.-Y. Simon Yang, professor of climate at Utah State University.

Part 2: Covering Science and Fires – Sean Sublette of Climate Central will moderate, along with speakers Darren Clabo of South Dakota State Fire Meteorologist, Incident Meteorologist; Monica Woods, chief meteorologist at KXTV (ABC) in Sacramento; Rob Mayeda, meteorologist at KNTV (NBC) in the San Francisco Bay Area; Danielle Venton, KQED science reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Ryan Pfeil, Mail Tribune newspaper web editor in Medford, Oregon.

Click here to register for the workshop. Registration is required to attend the workshop. Registered attendees will receive a recording of this workshop plus a summary of points covered, sourcing suggestions, and links to reporting resources. Also, attendees may submit questions via chat at any time during the workshop, or email your questions directly to Peter Girard at pgirard@climatecentral.org.