Hold that mushroom cloud
- 17.01.2018 10:00 - 18:00
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Penetrating the fog of incomprehension, disinformation, secrecy and power surrounding nuclear weapons, to provide robust journalism on a neglected subject of major public significance.
A one-day workshop for journalists organized by Atomic Reporters and Correctiv identifying tools and resources.
Nuclear technology and the weapons systems it drives is generally poorly understood and journalists have proven vulnerable to being taken hostage by misinformation about it. A critical and informed knowledge backed approach is needed to avoid manipulation and provide accountable journalism. The workshop will offer tools, sources and resources – with which to investigate the subject.
When the press failed – in 2002 and 2003 access journalism and groupthink led journalists over a cliff edge when they repeated bogus claims and cited fake evidence as fact ahead of the Iraq war. This was repeated to a lesser extent with regard to Iran’s nuclear programme during 2003 to 2015. What are the lessons learned?
Emerging Technologies and Nuclear Reporting: How are the trajectories of emerging technologies interacting with nuclear policy? In a world of rapid development and an increasingly ubiquitous media environment, how can individuals and organizations leverage new tools to strengthen reporting on nuclear issues? This session will explore how several emerging technologies are challenging existing nuclear weapons policies and creating new risks, even while other technologies are opening new opportunities for nongovernmental actors —including journalists—to monitor and verify nuclear developments.
Arms control in limbo – As the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) approaches its 50th anniversary its members are at odds. The international security environment is deteriorating, nuclear modernization is underway and arms control is frozen. Journalists act in the public interest. How can they alert an ill-informed public about nuclear dangers and risks.
The final session of the workshop will be a round table identifying story ideas that participants can take away – resources they need and how to develop them together with Atomic Reporters
Peter Rickwood, Atomic Reporters - Rickwood worked as a journalist in the UK and Canada covering the environmental beat for much of his career. In 2001 he joined the International Atomic Energy Agency as a press officer, subsequently working as media advisor to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). He founded Atomic Reporters in 2013.
Danielle Jablanski, Nuclear Policy Program Associate, Stanley Foundation - Jablanski’s research and programming efforts support the foundation’s overall nuclear policy program goals and outputs. She earned her master of arts degree in international security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and specialized in Arabic and geopolitics of the Middle East.
Tariq Rauf, former IAEA Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination, Atomic Reporters - Rauf is an internationally respected authority on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues, a former expert advisor to Canada’s delegations to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and director of the Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute [SIPRI].