Comprehensive coverage of the COP26 climate summit is elevated by all-formats global enterprise reporting showing what’s at stake across the planet.
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.
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.