17. Covering a disaster from Sichuan to Sri Lanka

Strand: Development Strand
Host or sponsor: Session supported by Knight Science Journalism Fellowships
Website: Department for International Development

On 12 May 2008, a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck China’s Sichuan Province, killing at least 80,000 people. Hundreds of journalists converged on the region to cover the frantic rescue efforts. A handful of science journalists were on the scene as well. How did they cover the quake and its aftermath? How do their experiences compare with science journalists who covered the South Asian Tsunami of 2004? This session will feature three firsthand accounts of science reporting in disaster zones.

Place & time

Venue: Central Hall, Westminster

Venue detail: George Thomas Room

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 16:30 - 18:00


Producer: Richard Stone

Chair: Tim Radford

Speakers: Hujun Li, Nalaka Gunawardene. Richard Stone