31 Oct '11, 9pm

Covering Fukushima With a Little Help From Our Friends

Covering Fukushima With a Little Help From Our Friends

Editor's Note: This is part of the IEEE Spectrum special report: Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Power . Journalism is about access—to people, places, documents, and other things. And here's why good journalism is hard: When a journalist most needs access to something is often the exact time it's hardest to get that access. The reason, of course, is that lots of journalists are all flocking to the same person or place, in response to the same news-making event. For example, everyone wants to talk to the cabinet minister the day after he resigns amid scandal. And so it was with the Tokyo Electric Power Co. , whose Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant suffered core meltdowns in three reactors in the days after an enormous tsunami inundated the plant. The world's journalists besieged TEPCO, which behaved in an all-too-predictable fashion: It hunkered down and gave terse...

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