In 2007 SIUC's Global Media Research Center asked me to give a talk about media coverage of floods. The Center videotaped and published it.
In thirty minutes I cover flood science and how the media sees it.
If you're a reporter, please watch this. I promise you this (low quality) video will change the way you view floods and improve your reporting.
If you're interested in the crazy way media covers flood damage and poor black people (Cairo) versus, well, other people (farmers, guys who build merry-go-rounds), skip to around 30:00. And to 31:44 for stomach churning commentary by Fox News's Bill O'Reilly.