Climate Letters: A Bilingual Multimedia Initiative
February 3, 2022
Hussman School of Media and Journalism
Eighteen UNC students and 14 students from the University of Navarra contributed to a bilingual website with the support of UNC's Collaborative International Online Learning program.
Students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain have produced a multimedia site called “Climate Letters.” The site chronicles the impacts of climate change on both North Carolina and the Navarra region in northern Spain. Eighteen UNC students and 14 students from the University of Navarra contributed to the bilingual site with the support of UNC’s Collaborative International Online Learning program.
“It was very exciting to meet with the students as they started to develop their stories and to learn about the parallels between environmental issues in the two regions,” said UNC master’s student Noel Castro Fernández, a Fulbright Scholar from Spain. Fernández designed the site and provided bilingual translations for all the stories.
Students from UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media and the University of Navarra School of Communication met for four Zoom sessions in Fall of 2021 to coordinate their reporting. Professors Tom Linden from Carolina and Bienvenido León from the University of Navarra directed the project that grew out of environmental journalism courses in their respective schools.
“This project was a great cooperation experience for our students. They are now more aware that working together can help to create a better future for our planet,” said León, Associate Professor of Environmental and Climate Change Communication. The “Climate Letters (“Cartas Climáticas) site covers agriculture, biodiversity, energy, weather, fashion and communication with text, audio and video stories.
“For me, the eye-opening part of the project was seeing how our two regions and countries share common problems and can work together despite differences in culture, history and language,” Linden said.