Prepare For the Unexpected
Journalists go to work most days with an idea about how they’ll spend their time. It will all seem routine, until something unexpected happens: A natural disaster, a major accident, a horrible crime. Journalists must be prepared to confront new situations immediately and confidently, ready to move in an entirely new direction at a moment’s notice. Using lessons from the coverage of mass shootings, cyclonic wildfires and devastating hurricanes, in Chapter 10 young journalists can see how professionals responded, sometimes at the risk of their own safety. The essential principles and practices that young journalists learn and develop today will pay off when an emergency or a crisis occurs.