> This is rare. Instead, most of what you read should just be looked at for three basic facts: an accident occurred, when, and where
A related story of possible general interest:
I taught a HAZWOPER course to undergraduates for 10 years and the final exercise is a hands on event. One of the roles we assigned for the event was a reporter to ask the public's questions and then write a press release describing the event in lay terms, accurately.
One year, I chose a student at random for this role and she said "That's neat - my father's a reporter." I said "Good, so you know how to handle this situation.". And she said "Yes, the most important thing is not to panic the public".
That took me aback a bit, as I thought that writing an accurate story might come first, but after about 2 years of watching the google headlines, I agree with her interpretation of the paper's priorities. The primary role of many stories is to help people avoid traffic problems resulting from a hazmat event. Which is actuallya pretty worthy goal during an event, both for the public and the people managing the scene…
Ralph Stuart CIH
Laboratory Ventilation Specialist
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
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