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.
Resources for Tip Sheets
A tip sheet from Executive Director Bruce Shapiro, originally released at the 2005 Investigative Reporters & Editors Annual Conference.
Make sure your facts and assertions are bulletproof. Look for subjects and issues that no one, not even the most ardent gun-rights activists, can dispute. Make your story about people.
An overview of current research on the occupational hazards for journalists covering traumatic events, the risk factors that aggravate those effects, and some suggestions for mitigating those factors. Originally published by River Smith and Elana Newman in January, 2009; Updated by Susan Drevo in May, 2016, and by Autumn Slaughter in March, 2019.