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Valentines: a few of our favorite publications and reporters

Thinkshift | February 14, 2020

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We love our clients and their missions, and we also love the reporters and publications that cover their sectors with clarity, honesty and, above all, persistence. This is our valentine to some of our best resources.

The Bloomberg Green newsletter—a new kid on the block—compiles Bloomberg’s reporting on sustainability, investing and climate from a finance perspective. Its data dashboard is amazing (or depressing, depending on your mood).

Anyone who eats should read Civil Eats, says food writer and editor Ruth Reichl, and we agree. They cover food systems and policy like nobody else. Except possibly the nonprofit Food and Reporting Network (FERN), which is another go-to resource.

And anyone who invests should read ImpactAlpha. Founding editor and CEO David Bank has built a sharp team that covers impact investing news, themes and innovations like nowhere else. It’s the first stop for anyone who wants to dig into the field.

Mission-driven enterprises steal our hearts, and so do publications that focus on them: both Conscious Company and SEE Change magazine lean toward celebration and optimism, while the Stanford Social Innovation Review generates a different kind of positivity with its analysis of systems, trends and what works.

For covering social enterprises, Fast Company’s Adele Peters is a standout. (Is there anything she hasn’t written about?) She was just honored with her second SEAL Environmental Journalism Award for documenting climate change impacts and solutions. The award (SEAL stands for Sustainability, Environmental Achievement and Leadership), also went to 11 other journalists, including David Roberts, who keeps people, politicians and companies accountable at Vox. Another favorite on the social enterprise beat: Anne Field at Forbes, who tracks big-picture impact investing trends as well as ambitious startups looking to solve systemic problems.

Speaking of solutions: there is a growing cadre of journalists and editors who live to write about how we’re solving problems, many under the aegis of the Solutions Journalism Network. Tina Rosenberg and David Bornstein, who (naturally) co-edit the New York Times’ Fixes column, are co-founders, along with Oakland-based Courtney Martin, who does a lot of things and has written five books.

Finally, mainstream publications are starting to put environmental and climate issues at forefront, where they belong: the New York Times and the Guardian are doing particularly excellent work.

To all of them: wildfires are red, healthy oceans are blue, climate change is hot, and so are you.

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