Tips & Tools

Disaster

Along with emergency professionals, journalists are often "first responders" when an earthquake or a terrorist attack devastate a community. Large-scale disasters challenge reporters on the ground and newsroom managers alike, both in the midst of a breaking crisis and for months or years afterward.

Dart Resources

  • Tip Sheet

    The Sewol Disaster: 10 Tips From Korean Reporters

    Korean reporters covering the Sewol ferry disaster faced challenges they were not prepared for. Here, they offer their advice and tips for colleagues on the lessons they learned, and the preparation they wish they had before facing coverage of such a tragedy. Click here to read Chong ae Lee's full report on Korea's national tragedy. 

  • In Depth

    Oso's Mudslide: Five Journalists Speak

    On March 22, a massive mudslide washed over Oso, Washington, resulting in the deadliest landslide in United States history. As of this writing, at least 36 are confirmed dead and seven remain unaccounted for. The Dart Center spoke with five journalists about the challenges of covering the tragedy. With photos by Marcus Yam.

  • Excerpt

    Gavin Rees On "The Trauma Factor"

    In a new book about challenges facing journalism, Dart Centre Europe Director Gavin Rees contributes a chapter about recent insights into trauma science and what journalists and media scholars can learn about them.

  • Event Video

    Richard Engel on Covering Violence

    Part two of the Dart Center-duPont Awards All-Class Lecture series at Columbia Journalism School featured Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News. Moderator Ann Cooper spoke with Engel about covering violence and trauma in conflict zones throughout the Middle East. Watch the full event video below.

  • Exemplary Journalism

    Remembering September 11

    Anniversaries mark progress and the passage of time. They can also conjure memories we may not always want to face. On this anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Dart Center calls attention to a uniquely eloquent journalistic record of the attacks' long aftermath; and to resources available as we seek to better cover, and understand, the longterm effects of horrific events.

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Outside Resources

  • Covering the 9/11 Anniversary

    Poynter Online

    A set of resources from David Shedden at the Poynter Institute related to the September 11th attacks.

  • Terrorism and Disasters

    International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

    A variety of educational materials for clinicians and individuals to use in response to terror attacks around the world.

  • Anniversary Reactions to the September 11th Attacks

    National Center for PTSD

    On the anniversary of traumatic events, some people may find that they experience an increase in distressing memories of the event. This fact sheet examines responses to the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

  • In the News Archive

    Investigative Reporters and Editors

    Resources compiled for past breaking news stories by Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. Topics include tanker crashes, earthquakes, severe winter storms, building collapses, wildfires and hurricanes.

  • Dealing With Disaster

    Editor and Publisher

    Joe Strupp and Doug Cosper discuss the problems faced by journalists in extreme situations, with emphasis on the challenges faced at the World Trade Center after 9/11.

  • Resources for Journalists

    National Transportation Safety Board

     A brief overview to assist journalists covering the first few days of a National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation.

  • For Journalists Covering Transportation Accidents

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Advice and links to other resources.

  • Covering Tragedy

    ABC Radio

    2007 Ochberg Fellow Lisa Millar talks about trauma journalism on the National Media Report.