Covering Recovery: Finding News in the Aftermath of Disaster
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Four years ago, Hurricane Sandy tore through the New York region, slamming the New Jersey coastline and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Today, Louisiana faces a long recovery after catastrophic flooding submerged tens of thousands of homes, dumping three times as much rain on the state as Hurricane Katrina did a decade before.
On October 11, the Covering Recovery Project, a joint initiative of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, will host its inaugural lunchtime colloquium at the Columbia Journalism School. The discussion will explore innovative approaches to storytelling and under-reported policy debates. The event is open to reporters, editors and producers covering the Sandy anniversary, as well as disaster preparedness and aftermath. A light lunch will be provided.
For those who are unable to make it in person, the event will be streamed here.
David W. Chen, Investigative Reporter, The New York Times
Eve Troeh, News Director, WWNO, New Orleans Public Radio
Irwin Redlener, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia Journalism School
The Covering Recovery Project, a joint initiative of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, works to improve reporting on the aftermath of disaster, community resilience and the realities of recovery, and build bridges between interdisciplinary experts in public health, medicine, government and emergency planning with working journalists.
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School is dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. The Center also addresses the consequences of such coverage for those working in journalism. The Dart Center develops educational resources for use in journalism schools and news organizations, provides training and conducts research about news coverage of violence and trauma.
The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute works to understand and improve the nation’s capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. NCDP focuses on the readiness of governmental and non-governmental systems; the complexities of population recovery; the power of community engagement; and the risks of human vulnerability, with a particular focus on children.