National Press Club

Risk Reporting Seminars, Jan. 13-15; Free for Members

December 17, 2009

Two seminars to help you cover stories that involve risk will be offered in January.

From plane crashes, food poisoning and climate change to terrorism, the environment, health and public safety, there are key questions reporters must answer in order to tell audiences whether something is risky and, if so, how much. These sessions will also help you understand how people perceive risk -- why some people are "freaked out" about relatively small ones but are not more concerned about really big ones.

The two 1.5-hour seminars are Wedneday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 15, at various times and will be presented by Harvard instructor and former Emmy award-winning television reporter David Ropeik. Ropeik is co-author of RISK: A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World Around You and author of the forthcoming How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Match The Facts.

SESSION I: The Basic Components of Risk (it's more than statistical "odds)

SESSION II: The Psychology of Risk Perception

These sessions are free for National Press Club members and $10 per session for non-members; coffee and snacks provided as are resource materials. Sign up online at: http://press.org/library/riskreporting/ . Space is limited!

Sign up for either Session I, Session II or both.

Wednesday, Jan. 13
Session I: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session II: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
or
Session I: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Session II: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
or
Session I: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Session II: 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 14
Session I: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session II: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
or
Session I: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Session II: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
or
Session I: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Session II: 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 15
Session I: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session II: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
or
Session I: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Session II: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The seminars are sponsored by the NPC Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library's Professional Development Committee with supported from the Lounsbery Foundation, a foundation aimed at helping the public understand science and technology. Classes will be held in the library's Bloomberg Center for Electronic Journalism classroom.

For updated classes listings visit: http://press.org/training/index.cfm or contact Committee Chairwoman Susan Heavey at sheavey@reuters.com