Post Episode 21: Journalists, meteorologists use investigative techniques before and after storms

COLUMBIA, Missouri – In Episode 21, journalists look at the government response to natural disasters, how weather patterns are changing and how meteorologists use investigative and data skills to predict the weather.

“Although you can’t predict when a weather event will impact your work, I believe you can get some training beforehand to help feel more comfortable and authoritative when a disaster does strike,” said IRE Training Director Francisco Vara-Orta. “I highly recommend checking out seminars and conferences put on by the Society of Environmental Journalists and Association of Health Care Journalists to better master reporting in the realm and with the ongoing pandemic, one silver lining is taking advantage of any virtual trainings.”

Links to stories discussed in Episode 20:

  • “Texas’ Power Grid Was 4 Minutes And 37 Seconds Away From Collapsing. Here’s How It Happened”- Matt Largey, KUT Austin (NPR) (Feb. 24, 2021)
  • “New Maps Show How Climate Change is Making California’s “Fire Weather” Worse”- Al Shaw and Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica (Oct. 14, 2020)
  • “Internal Documents Show FEMA Is Relearning The Same Lessons About Emergencies”- Laura Sullivan, NPR (April 10, 2020)
  • “KSAT Explains: The ‘total breakdown’ of the Texas power grid” – KSAT (April 21, 2021)

Post is a media review program from InvestigateTV, Gray Television’s streaming channel dedicated to in-depth and watchdog reporting. Post is presented in partnership with the journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. The monthly program is taped at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, a partner of InvestigateTV.

Episode written and produced by: Jackson Hicks, InvestigateTV

Production by: Director Travis McMillen and assistants Grace Vance and Sam Olsen, RJI

Editing by: Owen Hornstein, InvestigateTV


Jamie Grey

Jamie Grey

Jamie is InvestigateTV's managing editor. She coordinates content and produces stories with a particular passion for digging into government programs and waste, health care policy and education.