|A World Health Organization press conference about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa|
The best part about not having incidents like these happening in your own backyard is that you get a chance to learn from those who are going through the event. In today's hyper-connected world, you can get minute-by-minute updates on what is happening just about anywhere in the world. And, as the events unfold, you can see what tactics worked and which ones didn't quite cut the muster.
I'm sure that right now, the public information staff members involved in these incidents are up to their proverbial armpits in alligators, and probably are unavailable to share their thoughts and experiences with you. Their work, however - and the work of other public spokespeople who have responded to similar incidents - is out there for all to see and learn from.
|Mayor Bloomberg addresses the media after the US Air Crash|
|President Nixon addressing the media shortly after the Watergate incident|
As public information officers, our job is to do our best to ensure our agency's message is presented in the best light possible. Watching press conferences such as these can certainly help provide the guidance that you need to ensure you do your best.
Tom Iovino, Public Information Specialist