How to build a better weather story: Tips for reporting before, during and after the storm

A graphic from the Seattle Times’ coverage of the Oso, Washington landslide Does your newsroom have the data and resources it needs to cover the next big storm? With a little preparation, you can have detailed information on critical infrastructure – like dams and levees – ready to go the next time a hurricane or…

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Lessons from the storm: What we can learn from the Moore, Okla. tornado

One year ago an EF5 tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma and left 25 people dead. A month after the storm, Oklahoman reporter Paul Monies and CBS News Southern Bureau Chief Scott Keenan talked about their experiences covering the twister during a session at the 2013 IRE Conference. Keenan encouraged journalists to question the injury and fatality numbers officials present.…

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Investigating in the aftermath of natural and man-made a disasters

By Gwen Girsdansky Reporters and editors from The Oklahoman, Newsday, CBS News and WFAA shared their secrets for covering disasters Friday at the 2013 IRE Conference.  Paul Monies of The Oklahoman recommended having a “go bag” ready before a disaster strikes. Fill it with items like a full change of clothes for after a night…

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Resources for coverage of the Oklahoma tornado

Moore, Okla. and the surrounding area are still reeling after the impact of a 2 mile-wide tornado yesterday. As damage is assessed and the death and injury tolls remain uncertain, journalists are working to obtain and verify information for the public. Many of IRE’s members have been there before and have passed on their knowledge.…

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