“This Is Not a Drill:” Tentative Workshop Agenda

Hawaii “This is Not a Drill” Journalism Workshop

Co-organized by Atomic Reporters (with support from the Carnegie Corporation) and the Stanley Foundation
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
8 – 12 January, 2019

(The draft agenda below is tentative and subject to change – updated 2 January 2019)

Tuesday 8 January

15:00 Check-in at Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei

18:00 – 20:00 Reception at hotel with welcome and introductions (Banquet Room)

  • Cynthia Lazaroff, Kaua’i resident, documentary filmmaker, and author of Dawn of a new Armageddon (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Wednesday 9 January (Day One)

06:30 – 09:00 Continental breakfast available in hotel restaurant

09:00 – 09:15 Program overview from the organizers (Banquet Room)

  • Devon Terrill, media program officer, The Stanley Foundation
  • Peter Rickwood, executive director, Atomic Reporters

9:15 – 10:00 ROUND-ROBIN: Introductions
Each participant briefly introduces themselves and describes one story (or other work) he/she has produced that relates most directly to the workshop’s themes.

10:00 – 11:00 Crisis Response and the New Nuclear Threat Landscape

  • Alex Wellerstein, historian of science and assistant professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:15 Information/Communication Technologies and Nuclear Crisis Stability

  • Jaclyn Kerr, affiliate, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:15 Gaming Communication on the Global Stage: Social Media Disinformation in Crisis Situations

  • Katie Joseff, research manager, Digital Intelligence (DigIntel) Lab, Institute for the Future

14:15 – 15:15 Cyber Ops and Digital Warfare – Disrupting the Nuclear Balance

  • Andrew Futter, associate professor of international politics, University of Leicester

15:15 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:45 INTERACTIVE: Journalism Best Practices and Emerging Challenges for Verification in the Digital Age – Tips, Tools and Techniques

16:45 – 17:30 FLIP PANEL: Special Challenges for Verification in Nuclear Emergencies

  • Craig Silverman, Devon Terrill, and Peter Rickwood ask the group a series of questions to solicit input and ideas to develop a verification tipsheet or guide for journalists covering nuclear crisis situations

18:00 Meet in hotel lobby for shuttle to MonkeyPod Kitchen

18:30 – 20:30 Dinner at MonkeyPod Kitchen

Thursday 10 January (Day Two)

06:30 – 08:30 Continental breakfast available in hotel restaurant

08:30  Meet in Embassy Suites Lobby – Depart for East-West Center
(Admin Building, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96848)

09:30 -10:00  Welcome remarks (Schramm Room at East-West Center)

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the US Congress in 1960 and headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

  • Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke, president, East-West Center

  • Susan Kreifels, Media Program Manager, East-West Seminars

10:00 – 11:00 FIRESIDE CHAT: Asia-Pacific Security: Regional Tensions and New Dimensions of Nuclear Risk

  • David Santoro, director and senior fellow of nuclear policy, Pacific Forum
  • Denny Roy, senior fellow, East-West Center
  • Moderated by Ota Masakatsu, senior editorial writer, Kyodo News

11:00 – 12:00 Behind the Curtain – Officially Communicating a Crisis On and Offline
A discussion exploring what happened during the Hawaii false missile alert, communication procedures in nuclear-related emergencies, and the protocol for media engagement in crisis situations through online, social media, and “offline” channels.

  • Richard Rapoza, former public information officer, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 PANEL: Digital Disinformation, Cyber Meddling, and Mean Tweets:  A Look Back at the Hawaii Alert – What If?

  • Andrew Futter, associate professor of international politics, University of Leicester
  • Nicole Grove, assistant professor of political science, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
  • Katie Joseff, research manager, Digital Intelligence (DigIntel) Lab, Institute for the Future
  • Jaclyn Kerr, affiliate, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
  • Robert de Neufville, director of communications, Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
  • Moderator (TBD)

14.30 – 16.30 SIMULATION – TABLETOP EXERCISE: Reporting a Nuclear Crisis Situation
Participants react to a fictional but realistic scenario where a nuclear threat is involved and think through reporting challenges, pitfalls, questions, and needs.

Designed by:

  • Andrew Futter, Elisabeth Waechter, Katie Joseff, and Robert de Neufville

16:30 – 17:30 Discussion of simulation

17:30 Meet shuttles in front of East-West Center and depart for Azure

18:00 – 20:00 Dinner at Azure

Friday 11 January (Day Three)

06:30 – 09:00 Continental breakfast available in hotel restaurant

09:00 – 10:30 ROUNDTABLE: Acting in the Public Interest: Reporting Nuclear Cybersecurity Risks and Responses (Banquet Room)

Discussion led by:

  • Carl Robichaud, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Josephine Wolff, assistant professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, and freelance journalist
  • Other journalist participants (TBD)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:45 FIRESIDE CHAT: Looking Ahead: Policy and Governance Gaps, Challenges and Possible Pathways to Better Manage Risks

  • Ben Loehrke, nuclear policy program officer, the Stanley Foundation
  • David Santoro, director and senior fellow of nuclear policy, Pacific Forum
  • Alex Wellerstein, historian of science and assistant professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Andrew Futter, associate professor of international politics, University of Leicester
  • Jaclyn Kerr, postdoctoral research fellow, Stanford/CISAC (TBC)

11:45 – 12:15 INTERACTIVE: The Media’s Role – Do No Harm, Inform, Hold Power to Account

  • Discussion leader (TBD)

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 Meet shuttles in front of hotel and depart for field trip

13:30 – 14:30 Field trip to Honolulu Civil Beat

15:00 – 17:00 Optional field trip to Pearl Harbor (direct transportation from Civil Beat provided)

17:00 – Free time (dinner on your own)

Saturday 12 January

07:00 – 10:00 Continental breakfast available in hotel restaurant

10:00 – 11:00 Final morning session (Banquet Room)
Facilitated discussion with presenters and participants on story ideas, approaches, lingering questions, available resources (and resources needed) to investigate stories, and potential for collaboration.

11:00 – 12:00 Wrap-up and closing
Organizers will explain the details of post-workshop reporting fellowships.

12:00 Lunch at hotel