Atomic Reporters is an independent, non-profit, incorporated in Canada at the end of 2012, operating as an officially recognised international NGO from Austria, providing substantive and non-partisan information to journalists about nuclear science and technology.
Here are some examples of what we are doing:
Atomic Reporters has been part of the Fissile Material Working Group (FMWG), a non-governmental international coalition of 80 organizations providing recommendations to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.
Among concerns expressed by Atomic Reporters, reflected in the recommendations is the need for “enhanced interaction” with media. This arose from a shared goal.
Journalists can benefit from being better informed about a little understood but severe risk. The FMWG wants to close gaps that leave nuclear and radioactive material vulnerable to criminals or terrorists.
Getting word out to the public is what journalists get paid to do. They are also first responders. In the event of a dirty bomb or radiological dispersal device attack how do you protect yourself? Specialists will offer journalists protective steps they can take at a workshop we are organizing in Rotterdam in 2016.
We’ve also held successful workshops for journalists in Vienna from throughout the Middle East, from Israel to Iran. In 2015 we organized the first workshop of its kind in New Delhi for journalists working in India’s lively media scene. There have also been Atomic Reporters workshops in Amman, Jordan, and Cairo, Egypt, and we’ve taken journalists into a nuclear power plant.
Our funders have included the Carnegie Corporation, the Stanley Foundation, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Austria and the United States.
Nuclear is a compelling and little told story, ripe fruit on the tree. From saving life to ending it all, we think by outfitting journalists to scale the wall of knowledge that surrounds it the story is more likely to be told.