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August 17 2012


How to get traumatized sources to share their stories

Poynter :: When people have been traumatized, they’re often reluctant to talk to the media. There are ways of getting them to open up, though, and of showing them the value in sharing their story. I talked with five journalists who have interviewed sexual assault victims, people with mental illnesses and parents who have lost children. Here are 10 tips from them.

A guide by Mallary Jean Tenore, www.poynter.org

August 11 2012


RFE/RL: Yuri Bandazheuski's how-to guide for survival in captivity

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty :: Yuri Bandazheuski criticized official reporting on the Chernobyl disaster and radiation levels in Belarus and soon found himself inside a Belarusian prison as an internationally recognized prisoner of conscience. But Bandazheuski, a doctor who also serves as a Radio Svaboda commentator, used his time behind bars to publish a how-to guide for survival in captivity.

[Yuri Badazheuski:] I saw how my own body and that of others reacted; I saw what enormous stress prisoners have to endure.

A report by www.rferl.org

RFE/RL on Twitter

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July 28 2012


Newsgathering remote: Syria reporters struggle to bear witness

Huffington Post :: For 17 months, President Bashar al-Assad's regime has severely restricted press access in the country as his soldiers first brutally cracked down on peaceful protests and now battle opposition forces in a war that has claimed more than 19,000 lives.

[Michael Calderone:] When it comes to covering Syria, the fog of war is especially thick.

A report by Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com


#Aurora: James Holmes' prosecutors say notebook story can't be trusted

The Atlantic Wire :: That story about the notebook James Holmes supposedly mailed to a psychiatrist, outlining his plans to shoot up the movie theater was a hell of a scoop for Fox News, but now Aurora prosecutors are saying in a court filing that it was probably all a big hoax.

A report by Adam Martin, www.theatlanticwire.com

The prosecution's motion, uploaded by Matthew Keys, Reuters, to scribd.com

July 27 2012


Denver TV stations pool interviews with theater shooting victims, families

Poynter :: Kevin Torres is a multimedia journalist for KUSA-TV, the NBC station in Denver. Usually he shoots, writes and edits his own stories. On Tuesday, the key interview in his story was shot by the ABC station in town. On Wednesday, the Fox affiliate shot the interview for his story.

What began as a routine way for Denver stations to share the most mundane coverage of everyday press conferences and staged events has turned into a way for victims of last week’s theater shooting, and their families, to do one TV interview rather than dozens.

A report by Al Tompkins, www.poynter.org

April 22 2012


Comprehensive round-up of the ethical issues: Reporting the Anders Behring Breivik trial

Journalism.co.uk :: As the world's media gathers in Oslo for the trial, now in its fifth day and ongoing, much of the press find themselves in a troubling catch-22 situation. On one hand, huge public interest means that journalists must respond with an appropriate amount of coverage and analysis. However, fears have surfaced that this intense media glare is what Breivik was hoping to achieve. Although the first day of the trial was widely broadcast and reported on, the debate on media restrictions has dominated coverage.

Ethical issues - Continue to read Tabby Kinder, www.journalism.co.uk

April 16 2012


How the Titanic made the modern radio standard part of shipping

Bloomberg :: When 705 survivors of the disaster were taken aboard the Carpathia, the transatlantic steamship that came to the Titanic's rescue, wireless transformed from a plaything into a necessity. Bride, once aboard the Carpathia, “never was out of the wireless room,” helping to transmit personal messages and lists of survivors back to shore. He recounted that he “saw nothing of Mrs. Astor or any of them. I just worked the wireless.”

After the tragedy, radios became a standard part of shipping

Continue to read Katherine Bygrave Howe, www.bloomberg.com

April 15 2012


.@geoffdav: College for killing fields

King's Journalism Review :: They wore masks and they carried guns and Murray Brewster had no choice, but to do what they wanted. He was made to kneel while they took his wedding ring and his watch. They put a bag over his head. They dragged him into the woods. He was helpless. Brewster was being kidnapped, and it was only his first day of training. He’s been covering the war in Afghanistan for the Canadian Presssince everything went to hell in a hand basket in 2006.” He’s worked both solo and embedded with the military, spending eight months there over the course of four trips. But before any of that, CP sent him back to school.

How some dont bit.ly/x0CaB RT @StKonrath How journalists train to stay safe while covering hostile environments bit.ly/HULcut

— Geoff Davies (@geoffdav) April 15, 2012

Geoff Davies on Twitter

Continue to read Geoff Davies, kjr.kingsjournalism.com


How journalists train to stay safe while covering hostile environments

Poynter :: Before he ever stepped foot in Iraq, Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe had already navigated his way through landmines, used a tourniquet to help an injured person, and been ambushed. He did all this and more in a hostile environment training course that he took prior to a six-and-a-half week reporting stint in Iraq. The training, he said, helped prepare him for what to expect and made him more aware of the precautions he needed to take to stay safe.

Continue to read Mallary Jean Tenore, www.poynter.org


In case of emergency: Twitcident crowdsources tweets to help out in crises

The Verge :: Researchers from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have created Twitcident, a framework for filtering and analyzing tweets to crowdsource information about crises. For the past ten months the system has been in testing as a support program for the Dutch police and fire department.


Continue to read www.theverge.com

Visit the service site twitcident.com

December 21 2011


Blogs, SMS and mobile networks during natural disasters and emergencies

What is and can be the role of mobile networks and the web in times of uncertainty: disaster and emergencies? - This report by GSM Association was already published in 2005 but is still valid in most of its statements and worth to read. It also helps to understand how modern communication technology already has altered communication habits in 2005.

GSMA :: A spate of natural disasters and other emergencies during the past two years has prompted new interest in how technology can help enhance our security. This report assesses the impact that the widespread availability of mobile phones has had on the recovery from specific disasters and atrocities, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the summer floods in central Europe, and terrorist attacks in Istanbul and London.

[GSM Association, Report, p. 10 - disaster: Indian Ocean tsunami, Dec 26, 2004: ] Members of the public in many countries used their blogs to publish and publicise photographs, reports, lists of people and lists of and needed resources, deriving their information from mobile voice and text messages, directly from the many scenes of the disaster. SMS messages were particularly useful as messages can often get through even when the network can not meet demand for voice calls. For example, a Sri Lankan television employee was one of the first following the disaster to send out text messages about the latest news and on-the-ground assessments of what was needed and where. His messages were posted on the weblog Dogs without Borders. Both SMS messages and blogs are an extremely dispersed and informal form of communications, and although vulnerable to confusion and rumour, were clearly accessible and valuable to many of those caught up in the disaster in some way

Download the report (PDF) directly - GSM Association: The Role of Mobiles in Disasters and Emergencies (PDF), Dec. 2005


1994 Rwanda genocide: 17 years later Ngirumpatse and Karemera sentenced to life

"A joint criminal enterprise to exterminate Tutsis" 

BBC World :: A UN-backed court has given life sentences to two key organisers of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The sentences were imposed on Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera, two senior members of Rwanda's former ruling party. The UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted them of genocide. In 1994 around 800,000 people - mostly from the Tutsi ethnic group - were killed in just 100 days.

Continue to read www.bbc.co.uk

September 04 2011


"Inform, don't alarm" - Cable TV missed Hurricane Irene by ignoring Twitter, Facebook

azdailysun :: By now, the TV image has become a cliche: a Weather Channel reporter leans into a lashing gust of wind and rain -- and does it four times an hour for hours on end. The first time it's fascinating. But more often than not, the storm dies out but the Weather Channel doesn't know when to quit. Or worse, the reporter is sent to the wrong spot, broadcasting calm weather while the real damage takes place hundreds of miles away ...

[Randy Wilson:] In other words, inform, don't alarm. And when the storm is over, dig deeply into how government responded and what still needs to be done. That's journalism. What we're getting now on cable TV is standup comedy.

Continue to read Randy Wilson, azdailysun.com

August 28 2011


Instacane: hurricane Irene mayhem chronicled via Instagram

VentureBeat :: Hurricane Irene began pounding New York and nearby states this evening, prompting a flood of content related to the hurricane on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and — yes — Instagram. Instagram users hunkered down in New York, New Jersey and other cities in the path of the rather menacing-looking Hurricane Irene are chronicling the mayhem through an online Instagram photo album called Instacane

Continue to read Matthew Lynley, venturebeat.com


LNR - #Irene - A San Francisco perspective

Examiner :: San Francisco residents are following the course of Hurricane Irene and are learning in top news today that the hurricane has now reached the New Jersey Shoreline where winds are expected to reach 75mph. "It's a very scary situation," says San Francisco resident Katelynn Masters.

Additional media - Hurricane Irene and New York City, currently winds of 75mph in photos, and video footage - Click on the image to jump to the Examiner page and to watch the slideshow.


Continue to read Sheila OConnor, www.examiner.com


LNR - #Irene - Hurricane Irene passing through NYC, a walk around Brooklyn Heights

Business Insider :: Hurricane Irene is passing through New York City right now. NY1 is reporting heavy rains around various parts of the city and high waters along the Hudson and Coney IslandGlynnis MacNicol, Business Insider, took a walk around Brooklyn Heights earlier and while there are a few small trees down, many people are out walking their dogs.  "Over here it mostly it just feels like a heavy rainstorm except there are very few cars on the streets."

She snapped some pictures.

Pictures from New York right now Glynnis MacNicol, www.businessinsider.com


LNR - #Irene - Hurricane knocked a nuclear reactor offline at Calvert Cliffs, they're stable

Wall Street Journal (full text [$]) :: Constellation Energy Nuclear Group says it activated the lowest of four emergency levels, "Unusual Event", at its Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, nuclear power plant following the East Coast quake, but the plant is still operating at 100 percent capacity and both reactors are stable. 

ABC 2 News :: Hurricane Irene sent the Calvert Cliffs nuclear reactor offline late Saturday night. A heavy gust of wind knocked a large piece of aluminum siding from the building. The siding came in contact with a main transformer. The company says all employees are safe.

Continue to read Wall Street Journal ($, behind a paywall)

Continue to read ABC 2 News 



LNR - #Irene - Eyewitness photos of hurricane Irene

abc | eyewitness news :: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011Two men use a boat to explore a street flooded, in Monteo, North CarolinaA car drives in a downpour down a deserted street, in Cape May, New Jersey. Hurricane-force winds and drenching rains from Irene battered the North Carolina coast early Saturday as the storm began its potentially catastrophic run up the Eastern Seaboard. Denis Hromin, a concerned fisherman, checks on Avalon Fishing Pier as it lost some pilings after being battered by wind and waves on the Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

More "Hurricane Irene in pictures" ...

Watch the photos in the gallery here abclocal.go.com


LNR - #Irene - St. Mary’s Lake Dam, Maryland: potential spillage but not in danger to break

Washington Post | Associated Press :: Officials in St. Mary’s County say St. Mary’s Lake near Callaway could spill over the top of the dam. Spokeswoman Sue Sabo said early Sunday that the dam is not in danger breaching despite a deluge of rain from Hurricane Irene. She said the potential spillage may cause significant flooding affecting 28 homes downstream.

NBC Washington also reports:

“The dam itself at St. Mary’s River Park is holding well,” said Christy Bright. “There is no imminent danger or possible danger with the dam itself. What is happening is that the level of the lake is rising, which is going to cause water to enter a spillway ... 

Thanks to @ninguna for the NBC tip

Continue to read AP, www.washingtonpost.com

Continue to read NBC Washington, www.nbcwashington.com

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