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The Check-In: Disaster Communications

KBIA host Janet Saidi is ready to take calls.

In a crisis, it’s more important than ever to get good, accurate information. We need information from our local and national government and from health officials. We need accurate, reasoned information from the media.

And we need all of this while many things are unknown, or changing very quickly — whether it’s what we know about the virus itself, who qualifies for testing, government recommendations about social distancing or wearing masks in public. It can be hard to keep up, and it can also be hard to tell what’s true from what’s fake.

So, in this time of uncertainty and news feeds where it’s hard to tell fact from fiction, how well do government leaders and public health officials do at following the facts and keeping people safe? And how do we cut through it all and find actionable and relevant guidance?

Our guest is Professor Brian Houston, who teaches in MU’s Communications program and co-directs the university’s Disaster and Community Crisis Center.

To hear the live show, tune in weekdays at noon. Also, leave us a voicemail at 877-532-0971 about how you are handling the isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kristofor left KBIA in fall of 2021
Janet Saidi is a producer and professor at KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism.
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