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.
Resources for Disaster
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.
At the 2016 Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference in New Orleans, the Dart Center sponsored a panel on investigating the aftermath of disasters featuring Jason Berry, Propublica's Justin Elliott, NPR's Laura Sullivan, PBS Frontline's Rick Young and the Dart Center's Bruce Shapiro.
As part of the Dart Center's Investigating Disaster panel at the 2016 Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference, disaster specialist Irwin Redlener, M.D. shares context on covering catastrophic events and suggests story ideas for journalists.