Investigative Reporting in the Wake of a Disaster

Course Overview

Investigative Reporting in the Wake of a Disaster
We are offering this webianr free of cost to help journalists covering stories in the aftermath of natural disasters.
Originally Broadcast On:
September 28, 2017
Time Estimate:
One hour and fifteen minutes. Sometimes it take a few extra minutes to answer questions.

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This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
September 28, 2017 Enroll Now
Watch and listen to the original one-hour Webinar in its entirety. This Webinar recording features the full presentation led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty including Q&A from the audience and resources from the presenter.

Journalists in Houston and across Florida and the Caribbean face a tough challenge ahead: reporting on wide-ranging and lasting effects of recent hurricanes, while also responding to the storm's impact on their own lives.

Our training will offer journalists in Texas, Florida and around the country the opportunity to learn from industry experts and colleagues who faced extreme circumstances while reporting on and living through natural disasters.

This free webinar will be led by Al Tompkins and will feature Sally Keston, a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, and Lee Zurik, an investigative reporter for WVUE in New Orleans since 2009.

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What Will I Learn:
  • How to investigate post-disaster fraud
  • How to build trust in a beleaguered community
  • How to cover a story that affects you directly
Who Should Take this Course:

Journalists who are investigating government response and following up on recovery stories in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Course Instructors:

Sally Kestin

Sally Kestin is an investigative reporter at the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. Her series on off-duty police speeding, with colleague John Maines, won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2013.

Lee Zurik

Lee Zurik is an investigative reporter for WVUE in New Orleans since 2009. Following up his tenacious inquiries with detailed analysis and powerful storytelling, Lee delivers unprecedented accountability of government officials, private citizens and corporations.

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