Disaster coverage

San Diego fires: where to go for coverage

Media large and small are covering the multiple wildfires in San Diego County that have burned homes, closed schools, forced thousands to flee, and prompted a state of emergency declaration by California Gov. Jerry Brown this week. Temperatures reached 106 in some areas on Thursday, contributing to conditions that have given firefighters little relief since the first wildfire was sparked … Read More

N.Y. Daily News uses drone video in Harlem explosion coverage

New York Daily News Drone-captured video and images of the Harlem explosion aftermath made for riveting viewing on the New York Daily News site Thursday. The drone belongs to 45-year-old Brian Wilson, a business systems expert, the Daily News reported. Wilson said he heard about the explosion from his roommate and immediately jumped in a cab with his flying camera and headed to the scene. Police allowed Wilson to videotape the collapsed buildings with his DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter for 30 minutes before his battery ran down. And, at the end, police told him they'd prefer he not fly his drone any longer, he said. Read More

Resources for covering NYC building explosion and other disasters

Firefighters battle a fire after a building collapses in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 (AP Photo/John Minchillo)  Here are some quick tips and best practices for coverage of disasters such as the building explosion in Harlem Wednesday: • 5 tips for covering disaster preparedness Dig for context and other advice when covering the unexpected. • Boston explosions a reminder of how breaking news is changing Don't make assumptions and other advice on avoiding mistakes when the adrenaline is pumping. Read More

Time to prepare as storm approaches the east

The New York Times | Weather.com As a winter storm cuts its way through the South and lumbers closer to the East Coast this week, it's a wise newsroom that's planning not just for a severe weather story but also for an emergency that could stop its presses or take down its website. As of Monday night, forecasters … Read More

Journalists under attack: Pros offer safety advice

Look at this page on the Committee to Protect Journalists' website and feel a pain in your gut. The site documents the 45 journalists who have been killed on the job worldwide this year. Most were covering human rights, politics and/or crime when they died. If you think the only journalists who face danger on the job are those … Read More

Reporting on the ground in the Philippines

At least 2,300 people are reported dead following the onslaught of Haiyan, the super typhoon that swept through the Philippines Friday. As more media outlets deploy reporters to the scene, the scale of the devastation in Leyte and Samar provinces is coming into sharper focus. Help is slowly arriving, but many remain without food, water and medical supplies, journalists and … Read More

Texas doctor who captured iconic image of Columbia disaster is now a working photographer

A lot has changed in the decade since Dr. Scott Lieberman captured an iconic shot of Space Shuttle Columbia breaking apart on Feb. 1, 2003. The 6-megapixel digital camera he used to capture the shot was a curiosity then -- he'd had to order it from a Canadian distributor because he couldn't find one in the U.S. To get the photo out to the world, he had to drive the file to the office of his local newspaper. And since then, of course, the United States stopped flying space shuttles. Lieberman has picked up a sideline to his interventional cardiology practice in the decade since the disaster. He's an independent contract contributor to the Associated Press now, with hundreds of photos carrying his credit. Read More