Beyond breaking news: Local journalism’s role in disaster recovery

1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT

Media has a critical role to play before, during and after a disaster. When a big crisis hits, national and international media outlets send cameras and reporters to the scene to cover the story. But day in and day out, local journalists are on the frontlines in their communities, telling the stories that people need to know.

Media coverage of disasters is wide-ranging. Awareness of a disaster – including an emergency “take immediate cover” warning – helps to build community resilience and save lives. After a disaster, survivors look to the media to provide information about where they can access immediate resources and support.

During this webinar, panelists discussed the critical role of the media in long-term recovery, including one that is often overlooked: To monitor recovery activities and hold to account the government, funders and others involved so that no community is left behind. They answered questions such as: Why and how should donors invest in nonprofit journalism? What is the unique role of local coverage in disasters? How can funders and media work together?

Paul Cheung, CEO of the Center for Public Integrity and CDP board member, moderated the discussion and panelists included:

This webinar was co-sponsored by Giving CompassPhilanthropy New YorkUnited Philanthropy Forum, Council on Foundations and Media Impact Funders.

Please see the slide deck, and watch the webinar recording to learn more:

Photo: Information as Aid Citizen Reporters practice interviewing skills at a training in San Juan. These correspondents serve as the “eyes and ears” for all island residents. (Credit: Internews)