Flames, flames and … more flames:  reading beyond the dramatic (and often misleading) headlines

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Nov 9, 2012

Ever wonder if what you read or hear on the news is an accurate or even complete depiction of an event? When it comes to wildfire, more often than not, we’re reduced to watching endless shots of flames coloring our television screens without a whole lot of substantive reporting behind these frightening visuals. Molly

In Molly Mowery’s latest Wildfire Watch column, she explores the phenomena behind these attention-grabbing headlines, and how as wildfire professionals we need to constantly evaluate our own understanding of wildfire news and where it comes from, as well as how we communicate what’s really happening during a fire to our colleagues and the public.  

Read the entire column in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.

Are you someone who yearns to hear the media talk more about preparationand the steps we can take to reduce risks? Do you think the media does a good job reporting the news when it comes to wildfires? If your job requires you to speak with reporters, what’s the message you try to convey? What would you like them to talk more about?

Tell us what your experience has been with the media in your area. And thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.