Thursday, June 13, 2013

Emergency Journalism

Ever so often I come across a website that knocks my socks off.  Such was the case when I stumbled on Emergency Journalism. As described on its website, Emergency Journalism is an "initiative by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) that brings together relevant news and resources for media professionals reporting in volatile situations. The website focuses on tools that use up-to-date digital technology, including content curation tools to multi-layered live maps, and support media coverage of emergencies such as natural disasters and political conflicts."  Although it is an extensive site with an amazing range of information, of particular interest is its catalog of "News Gathering Tools". 20 such tools are listed - with some like Geofeedia, and HealthMap, indicative of 24 hour news that is becoming an increasingly location driven product. Use the links below to check out the site:

Comment: A core piece of any major disaster response is public relations. Consequently, kudos go out to the EJC for pulling together in one place the social media, news, and mapping tools that deliver the public's understanding of developments. That combination creates an information flow valuable to Common Operating Platforms, and for anticipating victim's physical and informational needs. 

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