Floodlight grows reach of climate accountability news, expands story sharing

The investigative climate newsroom doubles down on its collaborative mission by making stories free to republish.

Floodlight grows reach of climate accountability news, expands story sharing

Floodlight is launching an expanded story-sharing model for journalists and news outlets to easily access and republish Floodlight stories.

Three years ago, Floodlight grew out of a need to rethink climate news. The team’s vision for the next generation of journalists is simple: They see collaboration as the answer instead of competition. Under its new model, Floodlight will still partner one-on-one to report with national and local outlets. But Floodlight will also make most of its work available for republication via its new website.

Floodlight’s concept of collaborative climate journalism has become a tested success story.  Following one collaborative Floodlight investigation with multiple news partners, the CEO of the biggest electric utility in the country abruptly stepped down.

Floodlight has partnered with dozens of respected outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and National Public Radio, to produce award-winning investigations following the dark money and dirty tactics blocking climate action. Floodlight stories were finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and won Los Angeles Press Club and Reed Environmental Writing awards.

Through Floodlight’s approach, investigations reach the readers on the ground who need to see them the most, as well as national audiences whose numbers force decision-makers to pay attention.

“As the news industry contracts, Floodlight’s work supports and supplements partner newsrooms — bridging the gap between local and national journalism to deliver stories that engage readers and help them understand the systemic barriers to climate action,” said Floodlight Founder and Executive Director Emily Holden.Floodlight’s latest investigation with NPR illuminates how oil company Chevron controls what the community around its Richmond, California, refinery reads by owning the local news website:

Chevron owns this city’s news site. Many stories aren’t told.
The oil and gas company-owned Richmond Standard tells mostly positive stories about the major industry that dominates this California city and its skyline.

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Floodlight is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom that investigates the powers stalling climate action. Floodlight partners with respected local and national news outlets. As a nonprofit, Floodlight adheres to the editorial and transparency standards of the Institute for Nonprofit News. The work of its eight-person team is made possible with donations from foundations and readers.