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Planning, expertise, global perspective connect AP readers to Glasgow climate talks

With wind turbines in the foreground, steam rises from the coal-fired power station Neurath near the Garzweiler open-pit coal mine in Luetzerath, Germany, Oct. 25, 2021. Coal is the world’s biggest fuel source for generating electric power, and also the single biggest source of greenhouse gases impacting climate. (AP Photo / Michael Probst)

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Extraordinary contributions from writers, photographers, video journalists, data journalists and others worldwide made AP’s coverage of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, stand out, combining strong spot coverage of the talks with global enterprise that illustrated why the talks are vitally important to the planet’s future.

The coverage brought together a diverse package of international stories, complemented by planning and communications that ensured these stories would resonate with audiences of AP customers and on AP platforms. Dozens of staffers across regions and departments worked together starting this summer, all focused on making this sprawling, complex news event accessible and understandable to readers and viewers.

The AP,with its international footprint and its commitment to climate coverage,was uniquely positioned to deliver stunning storytelling and explanatory journalism in text,photos, video and data visualizations. The work helped clients and readers connect with the negotiations in Glasgow conference rooms and amplified that coverage by showing what’s at stake for people and places across the world.

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From left, AP South Asia health and science correspondent Aniruddha Ghosal, photojournalist Altaf Qadri and video journalist Shonal Ganguly pose on assignment in Dhanbad, in the eastern state of Jharkhand — India’s “coal capital.” – AP Photo

In the first week alone,AP had all-formats enterprise stories from India,China, Bangladesh,the U.S., Mexico and the Arctic. There was a series of four video explainers to help people understand emissions,heat waves,storms and sea level rise, and an immersive data visualization explained how changes in sea ice affect the species often associated with climate change,the polar bear. And AP’s outstanding photojournalism was collected in galleries showing the changes the Earth is enduring.

For comprehensive and engaging all-formats coverage around a major conference that might otherwise seem distant and arcane, the AP staff dedicated to this coverage earns Best of the Week — Second Winner.

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