National Press Club

Risk Reporting Seminars, Oct. 26-28; Free for Members

October 19, 2009 | By Susan Heavey | sheavey@thomsonreuters.com

Two seminars, Oct. 26 through 28, will help you cover stories that involve risk. From plane crashes, food poisoning and climate change to terrorism, the environment, health and public safety, there are key questions you need to answer in order to tell your audience 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 series of two 1.5 hour seminars will be Monday, Oct. 26, through Wednesday, Oct. 28, 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 the forthcoming "How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Match The Facts."

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

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

SESSION II: The Psychology of Risk Perception

Monday, Oct. 26
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.

Tuesday, Oct. 27
Session I: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session II: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
or
Session I: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Session II: 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 28
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.

The seminars are sponsored by the NPC Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library's Professional Development Committee with support from the Lounsbery Foundation, a foundation aimed at helping the public understand science and technology.

Classes will be held in the 13th floor Bloomberg Center for Electronic Journalism; resource materials will be provided.

These sessions are free for National Press Club members and $10 per session for non-members; coffee and snacks provided.

RSVPs are required. To sign up, please call 202-662-7523 or e-mail nnottingham@press.org Space is limited.

Other upcoming training: Basic Blogging/RSS feeds, Oct. 20; Freedom of the Press Class, Oct. 21; Afghan Women's Rights, Nov. 2 .