Founded twenty-five years ago this month, Disaster Action has helped to reshape how the British political and legal systems respond to the needs of victims and survivors of public tragedies. In this edited interview, Pam Dix and Anne Eyre discuss their experiences with such disasters as Hillsborough, Lockerbie and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and its relevance for journalists covering the still unfolding aftermath of such events.
Resources for Disaster
This guide was written by members of Disaster Action, who are survivors and bereaved people from disasters including the Zeebrugge ferry sinking, King’s Cross underground fire, Lockerbie aircraft bombing, Hillsborough football stadium tragedy, Marchioness riverboat sinking, Dunblane shootings, Southall and Ladbroke Grove train crashes, the September 11th attacks, the South East Asian Tsunami and the Bali, London and Sharm El Sheikh bombings.
This Disaster Action guide provides tips for journalists, researchers and university students on approaching victims and survivors of disaster, as well as advice for those who are approached for interviews.
When Disaster Strikes, Disaster Action's leaflet series for survivors and bereaved, was written by Disaster Action members for those similarly affected by all forms of disaster. The leaflets are all free to download, print and distribute.
Stephen Jukes, chair of Dart Europe’s board of trustees and professor of journalism at Bournemouth University, reflects on a conference held to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan tragedy in South Wales and how media frame such tragedies.
The Covering Recovery Project, a joint initiative of the Dart Center and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, hosted its inaugural lunchtime colloquium at the Columbia Journalism School focused on innovations in coverage and lessons learned from recent disasters.
As hurricane season approaches in the American Southeast, the Shorenstein Center offers a useful starting point for journalists looking to report on the migratory effects that these natural disasters can have on communities in the Gulf Coast.
There’s been too little coverage of what the Red Cross calls the “biggest disaster” to hit America since Sandy, and what coverage there has been has too often been political, writes Irwin Redlener, Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.
Journalists who cover news related to nuclear issues are frequently among the first people on the scene when a radiation incident occurs, but their safety is often overlooked, leaving them vulnerable to radiation exposure and other potential harm. To combat that risk, the non-profit group Atomic Reporters, in partnership with the Stanley Foundation, has released a safety guide highlighting basic steps to take when covering these complex issues.
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook Central Italy early Wednesday killing at least 241 people and injuring more than 100. Please consult our tips and resources on covering disaster, interviewing victims and survivors, and working with reporters exposed to traumatic events.