Readers expect us to tell them whats going on Right Now! Bomb in government headquarters Shoo0ng at Utøya
Friday July 22nd 3.34 PM “I was in the building (6th ﬂoor) when the explosion came, working as a front page editor at VG Ne<. Was evacuated, and outside Stopp Pressen I borrowed a laptop so I could update the front page. A^er some hassle I made it. “ Francis Lundh
Follow-‐up of staﬀ, crisis therapist • Already Friday night, we hade a chrisis therapist at our provisional loca0on at Bristol Hotel, several talk-‐throughs where conducted during the ﬁrst days • The staﬀ was systema0cally encouraged to take breaks, have meals and to sleep • Rou0nes for mandatory, but individually tailored follow-‐up were established • Debrief in the canteen Sunday and Monday, 130 employees a<ended • The need for follow-‐up varies a lot, but several has great needs • Summer temps were given special a<en0on on the way out -‐ with the opportunity to contact us a^er they have le^ VG 06/10/11 28
Large journalis0c projects “...we have to hold hands and take care of each other”
Observa0ons • VG was the most cited medium a^er July 22nd, but also the most controversial = Buzz • Social media and the number of media outlets has drama0cally changed our working condi0ons = Challenging • The management team of VG, as well as several employees, have used nearly 100% of their 0me on this case = Challenging
Learnings ON THE POSITIVE SIDE -‐ Good journalism on all plasorms -‐ Start early! -‐ The staﬀ reported in, vaca0on or not -‐ We were well trained for evacua0on -‐ Good rou0nes for use of professional help ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE -‐ Did we communicate our editorial choices well enough? -‐ Technically, we were not ready for an a<ack
Breaking News, INMA seminar VG building September 28th 2011 Espen Egil Hansen, Execu0ve Editor, VG Digital. Twi<er: @eghan
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