Contextualizing Research for Top News
How does the research from EPIC’s scholars tie to the news you read every day? EPIC’s Visiting Fellows in Journalism help to draw that connection, providing context to focused research questions to help policymakers and the public fully understand the results. Journalism fellows moderate events throughout the academic year that are deeply tied to University research. As current members of the news media, they also share their expertise and understanding of the ever-evolving media landscape to help scholars and students better translate their work for a public audience. They also lead workshops and private meetings during their time as fellows.
In meeting with faculty, journalism fellows can gain deep insight into the complex issues they write about every day. Their decision to write about research, however, is at their discretion and that of their editors. To avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest, fellows receive no payment for being part of the program.
“EPIC’s dedication to rigorous, data-driven research and analysis is both unique and vital in this age of hyper-polarization around climate, energy and environmental issues. I look forward to learning from and working with the experts at the University of Chicago and to sharing this robust research in ways that are relevant for decision makers and the public.”
– Amy Harder, Energy Reporter, Axios; 2018-2019 Journalism Fellow
The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) is proud to welcome veteran climate reporter Robinson Meyer as its Visiting Fellow in Journalism for the 2019-2020 academic year. Meyer, a reporter for The Atlantic, will moderate a series of events and share his expertise with students and the broader campus community through workshops and public discussions.
Meyer has been a staff writer at The Atlantic for six years, the past four of which he has covered climate change and environmental politics. His reporting has brought him from Capitol Hill, to the Greenland Ice Sheet, to the Viking ruins on the Faroe Islands. Meyer has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, the BBC, and other major broadcast outlets to discuss his work. He was an inaugural winner of the SEAL Award in Environmental Journalism in 2017. He has a B.A. in music from Northwestern University.
“Since I first met the team at EPIC, I’ve admired the rigor, breadth of knowledge, and good humor that they bring to their work,” says Meyer. “The researchers at EPIC are doing some of the most meticulous, data-driven study of climate policy and energy issues right now—often finding information where it wasn’t thought to exist—and they understand both the absolute urgency of reducing carbon pollution and the ennobling importance of energy in people’s lives. I’m thrilled—and feel very lucky—to join them this year, because it means I’ll get to keep learning from them. I’m also really excited to get to know students at the University of Chicago who are interested in energy and environmental journalism. And, as a former Cook County resident and Red Line straphanger, I’m delighted to have a new excuse to visit the great city of Chicago.”
Amy Harder, who covers energy and climate change for Axios and writes a weekly column called Harder Line, was EPIC’s inaugural Journalism Fellow, covering the 2018-19 academic year. In her column and elsewhere, she reports on trends and exclusive scoops and analyzes the news driving the debate about energy and climate. Her coverage includes congressional legislation, regulations, lobbying and international policy actions affecting the United States. Previously, she covered similar issues for The Wall Street Journal, based out of its Washington, D.C., bureau.
“EPIC’s dedication to rigorous data-driven research and analysis is both unique and vital in this age of hyper-polarization around climate, energy and environmental issues. I look forward to learning from and working with the experts at the University of Chicago and to share this robust research in ways that are relevant for decision makers and the public.”