Facilitating Communication and Journalism During Environmental Disasters

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Facilitating Communication and Journalism During Environmental Disasters

Monday, June 8, 2015
Washington, DC

#disastertalk

 Agenda and panelists and videos:

01:15      Registration

01:30      Introduction and Welcome (see video for Panel 1)

 Nancy Kinner, Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards, University of New Hampshire

01:45     A Responder’s World

RADM(ret) Mary Landry, U.S. Coast Guard Incident Management & Preparedness

02:00     A Journalist’s World

Mark Schleifstein, New Orleans Times-Picayune

02:15       Panel 1: Federal Agency Communication Strategy for Environmental Disaster Response view video here>>

Federal agencies have developed an interagency strategy to communicate information during environmental response.  The panel will discuss the potential impacts of this strategy on information dissemination.

Representatives from media:

Mark Schleifstein, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Tim Wheeler, Baltimore Sun

Seth Borenstein, AP

Representatives from federal agencies:

CPT Howard Wright, U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs

Dave Westerholm, NOAA Office of Response & Restoration

Dana Tulis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

03:15         Break

03:30         Panel 2: Digital Media Journalism During Environmental Disaster Response view video here>>

The panel will discuss how the rapidly changing communication environment is impacting information dissemination and journalism during a response.  For example, what is different if a journalist is not reporting in traditional printed formats.

                Representatives from media:

Kevin Enochs, Voice of America

Elizabeth Shogren, High Country News

Kate Sheppard, Huffington Post

                 Representatives from federal agencies:

Ciaran Clayton, NOAA Communications

Debbie Payton, NOAA ORR Emergency Response Division

Capt Howard Wright, U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs

 04:30         Panel 3: The Path Forward – Addressing Specific Challenges with Action view video here>>

The panel will discuss how federal agencies and journalists can work together to develop in the coming year to identify strategies/actions to improve communication during environmental response.

                  Representatives from media:

Justin Kenney, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Communications

David Heath, Center for Public Integrity

Tim Wheeler, Baltimore Sun and Society of Environmental Journalists

    Representatives from federal agencies:

Jeff Dillen, NOAA General Counsel Office

Capt. Howard Wright, U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs

Dave Westerholm, NOAA ORR

Dana Tulis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

05:30         Adjourn


Date:

Monday, June 8, 2015 - in conjunction with Capitol Hill Oceans Week

Time:

1:30 – 5:30 pm ET

Venue:

U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Ave NW, Room 1894 (Commerce Library)

Washington, DC

The building is undergoing significant construction, so the best entrance is in the middle of the building on 14th Street NW between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues NW.

Directions:

Map here>>

Local metros: Blue line to Federal Triangle station (this station is directly across the street)

    Red line (2 blocks walking distance to the Commerce bldg)

Logistics:

Our NOAA host for this event: Ciaran Clayton. She will have a designated person to escort guests from security to the venue location (room 1894).

Please allow extra time to go through security.