Social Media

Reporting Typhoon Haiyan: Dishing Up News a New Way

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Crisis & Risk Communication, Disaster Response, Social Media, Typhoon | 5 comments

Reporting Typhoon Haiyan: Dishing Up News a New Way

 After a major disaster, global news media outlets provide an important public service: they tell stories, report facts and share insightful perspectives. But we must remember, the news media is big business, and by it’s very nature, it sells by sensationalizing. Additionally, it often fails to ask core, critical questions that would help us, Joe Public, better understand and evaluate what is and isn’t working. The media’s response to Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) that devastated the #Philippines this week is no exception. Today my colleague John...

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#Isaac: A Testimony to Digital Outreach

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in #SMEM, Communications Outreach, Emergency Management, FEMA, Risk Reduction, Social Media | 1 comment

#Isaac: A Testimony to Digital Outreach

“Please share.” This clear call-to-action by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on their social media sites is proving that in responding to Hurricane Isaac the agency is learning about and applying the power of social media. The agency, and even Administrator Craig Fugate himself, has been proactively spreading timely, critical information through an ongoing stream of Facebook (facebook.com/FEMA) and Twitter (@FEMA) posts. Impacted citizens, agencies and organizations are continuing to communicate regularly on everything from situational updates and location of food banks...

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