Senior Public Affairs Officer
- NRC officials tour one of the damaged units at the Fukushima Daiichi plant during their trip in February.
In February, an NRC delegation, mostly comprised of senior managers responsible for reactor oversight, travelled to Japan to see, hear about and learn from the accident there in March 2011.
I was there to record the images and sounds of the trip – from the meetings to the tours of facilities, including the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, and the surrounding countryside. In interviews and conversations, I heard varied perspectives, but my focus was almost completely on people:
- The people whose homes and businesses and schools now sit abandoned near the plant – some knowing they may never go home again.
- The people who worked at the plant during and after the accident trying to keep the situation from being worse.
- The people who now work at the site donning protective clothing each day as they slowly tackle the mammoth cleanup.
- The people across Japan who continue to struggle with their view of nuclear power.
I wish we had been able to spend more time in the evacuated areas near the plant, but even the hours we were there carved indelible images in my memory. It’s interesting how seeing areas without people made me think about the missing people even more.
When it comes to nuclear safety, the most important people are those working inside or living closest to the plants. There is no stronger evidence than the images we captured during the trip.
It was difficult to distill all we saw and heard into the short video we posted on the NRC YouTube channel, but I hope we were able to show the essence of the trip…and for me, it was all about people.
Ivonne L. Couret
Public Affairs Officer
We had a very productive year on our YouTube Channel in 2013. We posted more than 30 videos, including 15 produced in-house with original content. The latest is a recap of some of the highlights and accomplishments of 2014.
Other “original content” videos included four that spotlighted high-interest topics; six that included agency staff answering questions about NRC activities; two that reflected on historical events and two kid-friendly videos including our first cartoon.
That cartoon, A Day in the Life of an NRC Resident Inspector, made it to our No. 3 spot for all-time video views – quite a feat considering it was just posted in October. Another popular video was our historian’s recount of the Three Mile Island Accident.
Other videos include small segments of important Commission meetings, with links to the full video archive.
We saw a 38 percent increase in our YouTube subscribers and growing interest in the platform. Almost half of our total YouTube views occurred in 2013 even though we debuted the platform back in 2011. Our numbers keep growing and the public continues to watch us.
What’s next? Being mindful of the reduction of resources and budget, there will be a bit fewer videos produced in 2014. But we will be focusing our efforts on the higher interest topics.
Currently in pre-production are two videos we think you’ll find worth watching. One is a conversation about the decommissioning process since five nuclear power plants have announced they are shutting down. And we will be taking a historical look on how the NRC began.
Also, next year we will be featuring more motion graphic videos that will provide quick, lively presentations of NRC information, activities and programs.
What video topics would you like to see? Let us know through your blog comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .