“There are risks associated with what we do. I carry more safety and support equipment than I do camera equipment,” photojournalist Chris Post said.
Post wasn’t always a journalist. He worked as a first responder for more than twenty years before becoming a photographer. When he is not on assignment in Pennsylvania, Post teaches journalism professionals how to protect themselves.
Situational awareness is the ability to identify, assess and act on the constant flow of information from one’s surroundings. This is vital to field crews and journalists to ensure safety.
Many think of this as nothing more than statistics and numbers, but canny journalists know that it can tell a story as well.
Patti DiVincenzo and Francisco Vara-Orta support this perspective at EIJ19, relaying the importance that data storytelling plays in all forms of journalism.
DiVincenzo, the training director for the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), has worked in news stations all over the country, including sixteen years as an investigative producer and data specialist in Atlanta.
Vara-Orta, an IRE trainer, has eighteen years of experience in several print and online newsrooms, including the Los Angeles Times, Austin Business Journal and more.