Film Series: ‘Deadline in Disaster’ Benefit & Panel Discussion Oct. 12

| October 8, 2013

Deadline in Disaster

Disaster Relief will be the mission as the Webster University Film Series presents a special viewing of the film Deadline In Disaster Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winifred Moore Auditorium. A panel session on weather disaster issues will follow the film.

Admission to the film and panel event is free, however a $5 contribution is encouraged to benefit the Missouri Press Association (MPA) Disaster Fund. Contributors will get a free book, Show Me… Nature’s Wrath, a compendium of the worst weather disasters to hit Missouri.

Deadline In Disaster, a film by Beth Pike and Stephen Hudnell, begins with the roar of the deadly F-5 tornado that demolished so much of Joplin, Mo., in May 2011. The movie documents how the daily Joplin Globe covered the storm, despite death and injury among its own employees. One-third of the newspaper’s staffers lost their homes.

A unique panel on Joplin and weather disasters will follow the film. Beth Pike will talk about the thousands of lives changed in an instant by the Joplin storm. Other panelists include: Todd Frankel, enterprise reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; author and St. Louis Zoo keeper Carolyn Mueller; and, Don Corrigan, local newspaper editor and Webster journalism professor.

Frankel will talk about his many assignments covering the aftermath of a storm packing winds exceeding 250 mph. Mueller will explain the work of “Lily the Rescue Dog,” the subject of her upcoming book. A trained cadaver dog, Lily proved adept at finding missing persons buried under the rubble, which was essential in providing closure for victims’ families. Corrigan will put Joplin in an historical context, based on his book, Show Me… Nature’s Wrath.

Journalism students in the Outdoor/Nature Journalism Certificate at Webster University, in cooperation with the Webster Film Series, are helping to coordinate the benefit for storm victims.

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