Example : a flood in a small town.
1. Build a table :
- In column : a list of everyone involved in the event (Who?)
- In line : all topics (What?)
2. Fill up the table with all information gathered: archives, phone interviews, statements, Web testimonies…
3. Find the empty parts of the table: this is where you must investigate to bring added value to the package. In the example we’ve picked, the prefect says nothing about why the flood occurred. This is where we must dig.
4. Find the axes generating the most problematic issues.
Transported by helicopter during the night
Ask for subventions to build house back
Aucune aide de l’Etat pour rénover les digues
Feeling helpless when faced with the flood
Bat coordination, rescue teams came in late
Town’s future endangered
The rescue plan worked well
Destroy houses likely to be flooded
Say that you can’t build on certain areas
Rescue teams/ firemen
Bilan entre sauvés et disparus
Not enough means to react accordingly
Saw the wave two hours before events
Cancel the marina project
Using the same example, it’s possible to cross the actors and the places (WHAT ? / WHERE ?), or the actors and the times (WHO ? / WHEN ?)… and prepare other interesting questions.