Reporting Disasters : managing risk 2

Covering the unprecedented string of international disasters and political insurrections can be a decidedly risky business.

In the last few months, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation deployed journalists to report on  domestic floods and cyclones, the earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan and the popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya.

ABC Head of  International News, Steven Alward said the ABC had about twenty correspondents deployed overseas. The international events had “stretched resources”. More…


Reporting Disasters : Police PR and social media Reply

Queensland police media had thirty nine million Facebook hits in twenty four hours during the flood crisis.

Social media “saved us”, according to Queensland Police Media Executive Director,  Kym Charlton.

“That equates to someone looking at  our Facebook site 450 times every second”, she said. More…