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Tuesday, July 02, 2019, 19:00 - 20:30


"Covering: Natural and Man-Made Disasters"
Mr. Peter Langan, Journalist

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Time: 19:00 - 20:30 (Doors open at 18:30)

Reporting on natural and man-made disasters throws up particular challenges for journalists. They include maintaining clear awareness of risks to personal safety while managing high levels of stress and fear. The nature of these events make them extremely time-sensitive from a reporting point of view, often amid failing logistic systems (lack of access to food & water), disrupted communications (cellphone networks go down) and damaged infrastructure (roadsblocked, other means of transport curtailed).


So how can a journalist or news organisation prepare for these challenges? What can you do? What should you do? How do you begin to filter the chaos into working stories that inform the public about what is happening? Especially when you are dealing with some or all of the situations above, compounded by interviewing often grief-stricken survivors in varying degrees of shock. The environment can include the dead, badly injured, and wholesale destruction.


Peter Langan is an award-winning journalist with 30-years experience in news, which includes disaster coverage, along with breaking news desks, investigative projects, long-form features, and newsroom/news-team management. His presentation will include lessons learned from the chaos in Indonesia after the fall of the Suharto government, the BP Macondo oil-rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

The Fukushima disaster will be the focus of the presentation. Langan was an Editor-at-Large in the Tokyo bureau of Bloomberg News on March 11, 2011. He was asked by Bloomberg to pick and lead a team of journalists to cover Fukushima. This team coverage ran for about 18 months and won two SOPA awards. He was also an editor on the news team that won an Osborn Elliot Prize from the Asia Society in May 2015 for coverage of an environmental disaster in India.

Seating is limited to the first 30 applicants. Free for members, 1,000 yen for non-members (please pay in advance). Complimentary tea and coffee. Please RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03-3211-3161. For FCCJ members, there is no charge, however, in case of cancellation please inform the reception desk so that the staff can make appropriate preparations. For non-members, cancellation less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.


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