The following was taken from Al’s Morning Meeting on Poynter for May 3, 2007. It offers an alternative to the “How do you feel” question that serves so poorly after a disaster. For the entire column, go here.
“It has been such a treat this week to lead a Poynter seminar for public-radio reporters. One of our guest faculty members is National Public Radio’s Audie Cornish (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4986687) , who often covers big disasters like the aftermath of Katrina, Alabama tornadoes and such. One of her goals is to get close to people in time of trauma. She offered our group some alternatives to the “how does it feel” question.