Is the Media Taking Record Heat Waves Seriously?

Global heat waves this July have led to health issues, casualties, and more. Is the media taking these events seriously enough?

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2018 heat wave in Los Angeles


If you were writing an article about a blistering heat wave, what image would you use?

July heat waves have persisted all over the world, leading to health issues, casualties, and a slew of other issues. The media is covering these events, but are they taking them seriously enough? Are they identifying the links to climate change? Ethan breaks down some analyses from Media Matters and Columbia Journalism Review and contemplates where the news may be falling short in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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Writer: Ethan Brown, Maxwell Pociask

Fact Checker: Hallie Cordingley

Editor: Will Andronico

Producers: Ethan Brown, Shannon Damiano

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Music: Brett Sawka

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