FLOOD COVERAGE PANEL COMING OCT. 24
Multimedia news coverage of Colorado’s September floods will be the topic of a special program at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place.
The flooding began on Sept. 11, covered more than 1,500 square miles in 17 counties, destroyed more than 1,800 homes, damaged at least another 16,000 and nearly 6,000 people were evacuated. Eight people died.
The event, sponsored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Colorado Press Association, will focus on how the floods were covered from the perspective of a weekly newspaper, two dailies and a statewide news organization.
Admission is free.
Tim Rasmussen, assistant managing editor of photography and multimedia at The Denver Post, will begin the program at 6 p.m. with a presentation of The Post’s photo coverage of the floods, how the newspaper’s photographers got to the scenes, how the photos were edited and delivered on The Post’s various digital platforms.
Rasmussen leads a staff of 27. The Post has won numerous awards under his leadership, including the 2012 and 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
At 6:30 p.m., a three-person panel. will discuss how their respective news organizations covered the floods:
Doug Bell is editor of four weekly newspapers based in Evergreen in Jefferson County. At one point, downtown Evergreen was closed because of floodwaters, county roads were damaged and homeowners were evacuated.
Randy Bangert is the editor of the Greeley Tribune. His 23,800-circulation newspaper covers Weld County, one of the hardest hit areas in the natural disaster. Flooding closed the University of Northern Colorado and many rural schools, and displaced hundreds of residents.
Jim Anderson is The Associated Press news editor for Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. The Denver AP bureau was responsible for gathering flood news from the Front Range and Northern Colorado areas, and distributing the information to its newspaper and broadcast members.