Whose Fault?

Whose Fault?

Science and the Media During the Christchurch Earthquakes

When natural disaster strikes, how much is the public entitled to know – even when the scientists aren’t sure? What obligations do they have to a general public thirsty for information about what will happen next? Should they wait until they have all the facts before they say anything?

Caught up in the ongoing earthquakes, Christchurch newspaper journalist Paul Gorman struggled to make sense of what the scientists were telling him. Was there more? Were worried residents receiving the full picture? In this BWB Text Gorman describes his troubled ongoing dealings with government scientists and the extraordinary challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Aug 2017
Pages: 140
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780908321728
ISTC: A02201600000016C
DOI: 10.7810/9780908321728