Disasters

December 1, 2020 to December 11, 2020

Prague Media Point Conference

The seventh annual Prague Media Point conference, virtual this year, will focus on adapting or replicating successful projects and approaches in different contexts. Discussions will include media freedom, COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis, diversity; self-help for news organizations; COVID-fueled innovations; and more.

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November 19, 2020

The Invisibility of Indigenous COVID-19 Data Virtual Roundtable

NYC, LA nor Chicago explicitly include Native Americans in the breakdowns of their COVID-19 data. This continues the "invisibility" of these communities that were already at risk. How do journalists navigate these barriers to ensure inclusive, contextual and responsible coverage of Indigenous people and communities? Hosted by the Native American Journalists Association, 5:00 p.m. ET.

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"Wildfires Emerge as Threat to Water Quantity Across Parched West"

"As the largest wildfire in Colorado history spread beyond 200,000 acres, Mark Kempton began to worry it would incinerate so much of the Fort Collins watershed that the city would be unable to guarantee water to its residents."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 11/10/2020

How Much Longer Will Insurers Cover Wildfire Loss Near You?

With wildfire exploding across the West this season, it may not be long before insurance companies worried about houses built along the wildland-urban interface try to raise premiums or drop policies altogether. It’s already happening in California, which is pushing back. Will it happen in your region as well? TipSheet has the backstory, plus a range of reporting resources.

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Biden Announces Covid Task Force Made Up Of Physicians And Experts

"President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the members of his coronavirus task force, a group made up entirely of doctors and health experts, signaling his intent to seek a science-based approach to bring the raging pandemic under control."

Source: Washington Post, 11/09/2020

"Dozens Dead As Eta Wreaks Waterlogged Havoc On Central America"

"The remnants of Hurricane Eta unleashed torrential rains and catastrophic flooding on Central America, with fatalities sharply up on Thursday mostly because of mudslides as streets turned into rivers and bridges came tumbling down."

Source: Reuters, 11/06/2020

Virus Spreads In Much Of US, Setting Records And Straining Health Care

"A rapidly rising flood of coronavirus infections engulfed much of the United States on Thursday, setting records for new cases in 20 states, killing 1,158 people and straining the health system’s capacity to keep up with the pandemic.

On Thursday, 116,707 new cases were reported, the second straight record for a single day and a figure that dwarfed the total for any day in the previous worst two periods of the outbreak, in April and July. From Washington state to West Virginia and from Texas to Pennsylvania, the country was awash in record or near-record case counts Thursday.

Source: Washington Post, 11/06/2020
November 10, 2020 to December 3, 2020

Journalism Under Fire

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) hosts this free digital event. This year’s theme is Covering Crisis and will feature leading journalists, photojournalists, political cartoonists, academics and activists who’ll address, dissect and illustrate how journalism is covering today’s overlapping crises.

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