Journalism institutes offer advice to reporters covering tragedies

Two journalism organizations — the Poynter Institute and theAmerican Press Institute — have published an extensive collectionof tips, resources and advice for journalists covering Tuesday’sterrorist attack against the United States.

The Web site of the PoynterInstitute includes information journalists may find usefulin writing and reporting stories about the tragedy. Links to leadingnewspapers, New York and Washington agencies involved in the rescueeffort and resources devoted to terrorism, aviation and emergencyresponse are available.

Journalists can also access advice from those who have coveredtragedies. Stories provide tips on interviewing people who havebeen affected and offer suggestions about preparing newsroomsto cope in difficult times.

The AmericanPress Institute offers similar resources for journalists coveringstories related to the attacks. The API’s coverage includes checklistsfor headlining, copy editing and designing newspapers coveringtragedies. The Web site provides advice for reporting and writingmajor stories and includes links to resources for journalistson the Web.

The API also created a special Web forum for journalists toshare tips, ideas and personal stories about how they and theircompanies dealt with the story.

The Poynter Institute Web site is located at http://poynter.organd the American Press Institute can be found at