Reporting on Terrorism: The News Media and Public Health-A Fred Friendly Seminar



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Reporting on Terrorism: The News Media and Public Health—A Fred Friendly Seminar (58:00)
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©2004

How should the news media prepare for and cope with a potential bioterrorist attack? In this Fred Friendly Seminar, Professor Michael Dorf of the Columbia University School of Law and 12 panelists role-play a hypothetical scenario that begins in a city hospital where a spike in a flu-like illness causes the ER staff to confront a chilling possibility: that it is not the flu at all, but something far worse. What should the ER do with the overflow of patients? Send them home? What if they are contagious? When does bioterrorism become a possible cause? When should the health department be contacted? When will the public find out, and what will their reaction be? What is the job of the journalists covering this story? Should they report the story when the health department is uncertain of the diagnosis but rumors are flying and the public is clamoring for information? A lively panel wrestles with these and a host of other dilemmas. Panelists include Douglas Clifton, editor of The Plain Dealer (Cleveland); Jerome Hauer, former acting assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness at the Department of Health and Human Services; Joseph Henderson, associate director of terrorism preparedness at the CDC; Seattle Chief of Police R. Gil Kerlikowske; Paula Madison, president and general manager of KNBC-TV, in L.A.; Boston Mayor Thomas Menino; Lewis Nelson, M.D., of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Bellevue Hospital; Frank Sesno, former Washington bureau chief of CNN; and Kathleen Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Division of Public Health at the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Additional resources are located online at www.fredfriendly.org. (58 minutes)


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Segments in this Video - (15)

1. Identifying a Bioterrorism Attack (05:49)
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A panel of experts discusses scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists address the role of emergency room physicians and public health officials in identifying the cause of illness in the first victims.

2. Notifying the Public of an Unknown Illness (06:26)

A panel of experts discusses scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists suggest strategies for notifying the public that doctors are seeing several patients with unusual symptoms of unknown origin.

3. Notifying Law Enforcement of an Unknown Illness (02:26)

A panel of experts debates scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists discuss the appropriate time to notify law enforcement officials that there seems to be an unusual outbreak of a mysterious illness.

4. Responsible Reporting of a Mysterious Illness (02:37)

A panel of experts debates scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. A television news director describes her response, in the early stages of the story, in reporting the outbreak of a mysterious illness.

5. Information Sharing During an Epidemic (05:49)

A panel debates scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists discuss information sharing between journalists, public health officials, police, and politicians regarding the outbreak of a mysterious illness.

6. Adversarial Media Relationships During a Public Health Crisis (02:29)

A panel of experts debates scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists address tensions which result when the news media pushes for facts before health officials have determined an official response.

7. Reporting a Public Health Crisis Without All the Facts (03:30)

A panel of experts debates scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists discuss how to report the story before officials have determined that a mysterious illness is indeed the result of bioterrorism.

8. Reporting Speculation About Bioterrorism (03:13)

Experts debate scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists predict how the media would handle the story as reporters and others speculate that bioterrorism is the cause of a mysterious, deadly illness.

9. The Media and Public Health: Educating the Public During a Crisis (01:41)

A panel of experts debates scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists describe the need in such a situation for health officials and the media to cooperate in order to educate and calm the public.

10. Responsible Reporting of a Bioterrorism Attack (03:27)

A panel of experts discusses scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Journalists and public health officials debate how, and when, to appropriately break the story.

11. Bioterrorism Attack: Devising a Public Information Plan (02:29)

A panel of experts discusses scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Journalists and public health officials debate the best plan for informing the public once the agent responsible for a deadly illness is identified.

12. Essential Role of the Media in a Bioterrorism Attack (02:22)

A panel of experts debates scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Journalists describe the essential role of the news media in educating the public and providing direction for public safety.

13. Bioterrorism Attack: Information and the Public Interest (04:14)

A panel of experts discusses scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Journalists and health officials debate what information should be reported to best serve the public interest and help prevent panic.

14. Responding to a Bioterrorism Attack (04:35)

A panel of experts discusses scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists discuss appropriate responses of the press, health officials, and police as a deadly epidemic spreads throughout the city.

15. Cooperation After a Bioterrorism Attack (02:37)

A panel of experts discusses scenarios related to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on an American city. Panelists assert that the public will be best served if healthy relationships exist between the media, public officials, and law enforcement.



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