Training Resources for Covering Haiti: Staying Here and Going There

7:01 PM Jan. 13, 2010 — by Howard Finberg

Whether you’re traveling to Haiti or looking for the local angle to cover the news about Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, Poynter’s News University has resources to help you get the story to your readers, viewers and listeners.

International Reporting Basics: What You Need to Know Before You Go. Going to Haiti? Learn what you need before you get on the plane, and how to gather information and stay safe once you arrive.

Reporting Global Issues Locally. Go beyond quick-hit coverage that localizes the story, and find sources and story ideas to add context and depth to your reporting.

Reporting on Nonprofits. As relief agencies start collecting donations, learn how to cover their performance and help your audience choose which charity to support.

Journalism and Trauma
The stress of this traumatic event affects those you interview and it will affect you. Gain insight into how you can interview victims with compassion and respect as well as identify the ways the trauma can affect you as a journalist.

Trauma Awareness: What Every Journalist Needs to Know
Whether you’re covering the earthquake or editing the stories and images back in the newsroom, this disaster will affect you. Learn how to recognize and manage stress and trauma and how it affects your ability to do your job.

Looking for more resources. Al’s Morning Meeting has resources for covering the earthquake. You’ll find that and more at And check out our complete course list at