Reporting on disasters: Media resources


A collection of resources for the media covering disasters and disaster risk reduction efforts.

This guide aims to help journalists to accurately report extreme weather events in the context of a warming planet: how can you best inform your audiences about the effects of climate change on the extreme events we are increasingly experiencing ?
World Weather Attribution
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News stories about disasters should frame the impacts of environmental phenomena in meaningful ways.
The Poynter Institute
Kevin Blanchard, DRR Dynamics Ltd

Disasters are increasing, both in terms of frequency and severity.

The surest way to speed up recovery after a disaster is to build resilience. Commemorating the anniversaries of earthquakes allows to remember how people were impacted and helps keeping resilience on national and personal agendas.
The Spinoff
New research has studied reporting patterns in local media coverage of wildfires in Colorado. It concluded that commemorative coverage of wildfires in Colorado was more analytical and policy problem-oriented than initially expected. However, wildfires' first anniversaries were the strongest periods for policy conversations in the media, which would then decrease.
Conversation Media Group, the
In times of disaster, the media's responsibility in terms of reporting includes a fair portrayal of victims and making their voices heard. The media can achieve this by portraying the most affected populations, showing how vulnerability is not natural as opposed to hazards, highlighting response efforts by civil society, and focusing more on long-term recovery.
Conversation Media Group, the

This Tool describes the potential functions of media during the whole flood management cycle, from prevention and awareness-raising, to emergency warnings, to relief measures and restoration. After defining the basic concepts of communication and risk

World Meteorological Organization Global Water Partnership Associated Programme on Flood Management

Through concrete examples of good practice, this booklet offers suggestions for the improvement of communication between relevant authorities and the media, which may result in a higher quality of information disseminated to citizens. Having analysed the

Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

This report summarises the research underpinning the Climate Visuals website and presents the key findings so that practitioners can take an evidence-based approach to visual communication. The imagery used to communicate climate change can and should be

Climate Outreach (formerly COIN)
The way we talk about climate change affects the way people think about it. For scientific evidence to shape people’s actions, it is crucial that science be communicated to the public effectively. Social scientists have been increasingly studying the science of science communication, to better understand what does and does not work for discussing different scientific topics.
Conversation Media Group, the