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Media Roundtable


The Media Covering the Media…

Prominent energy reporters and editors joined ACORE on April 11, 2014 for a morning of discussion and debate on the topic of clean energy in the media.

ACORE invited a select audience to come together to discuss how we research and talk about the new challenges - and opportunities - emerging from a growing
renewable energy industry.

Panel #1: National storylines impacting the U.S. clean energy sector 
Clean energy sources like solar and wind have historically enjoyed the goodwill of the majority of the American public, but are covered from a diversity of viewpoints in the news media. This panel focused on how macroeconomic and environmental issues impacting the U.S. clean energy sector are reported by the national media. What new narratives and storylines are emerging?

And how has the explosion of digital media channels and recent accuracy/verification trends affected clean energy reporting?

  • Moderator: Craig Silverman, Editor of "Regret the Error" blog and Adjunct Faculty, Poynter Institute
  • Coral Davenport, Energy Reporter, New York Times
  • Monica Trauzzi, Managing Editor & Host, E&ETV
  • Shauna Theel, Climate & Energy Program Director, Media Matters for America 
  • Amy Harder, Energy Reporter, Wall Street Journal


Panel #2: Take on the states: reporting from the frontlines of clean energy debates
An in-depth view of the business, technological and policy issues impacting the clean energy sector in select states. How were these stories being reported and what has been their impact at the local, state and even national level? What stories were currently being underreported and why?

  • Moderator: Stephen Lacey, Senior Editor, Greentech Media 
  • Ryan Randazzo, Business Reporter, Arizona Republic
  • Ken Paulman, Editor, Midwest Energy News
  • Varner Seaman, Policy Director, Renewable Northwest Project 
  • Matt Kasper, Research Assistant for the Energy Policy team, Center for American Progress 
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