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A Seismic Jolt: Then the Grim Task Begins

No country is better prepared for earthquakes than Japan. But as the death toll rises from the massive quake and damaged nuclear plants bring more peril, journalists will play a key role in how people make sense of the disaster.

Torn Apart: Reporting Heartbreak

When a crew from Channel Nine's '60 Minutes' interviewed a family who lost their baby girl and both grandmothers to the Queensland floods, some said they exploited their grief. Correspondent Michael Usher begs to differ.

Grief in the Gulf

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is different from a war or an earthquake, but the traumatic impact is just as real. The challenge to journalists is to report the slow-motion disaster while seeking stories of resilience and possible recovery.  

The Deadly Choices at Memorial

This gripping narrative, which exposes the decision-making that left 18 patients dead after injections of painkillers and sedatives in a flooded hospital in New Orleans, is a winner of the 2010 Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. It was originally published by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine in August, 2009.

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