2014 – Library Database
The Amanda Gearing Collection, (Interviews, photographs and videos of the 2011 flash floods in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley)
Queensland State Library
2012 – MA (Research) Thesis
Lessons from media reporting of natural disasters : a case study of the 2011 flash floods, in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley
Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology, QUT eprints.
Abstract: Practice-led journalism research techniques were used in this study to produce a ‘first draft of history’ recording the human experience of survivors and rescuers during the January 2011 flash flood disaster in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley in Queensland, Australia. The study aimed to discover what can be learnt from engaging in journalistic reporting of natural disasters. This exegesis demonstrates that journalism can be both a creative practice and a research methodology. About 120 survivors, rescuers and family members of victims participated in extended interviews about what happened to them and how they survived. Their stories are the basis for two creative outputs of the study: a radio documentary and a non-fiction book, that document how and why people died, or survived, or were rescued. Listeners and readers are taken “into the flood” where they feel anxious for those in peril, relief when people are saved, and devastated when babies, children and adults are swept away to…Read more