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Dec 22, 2020

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


In this episode, Justin is joined by RIMS Director of Publications and Risk Management magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Morgan O’Rourke. Together, they’re taking a look at RM magazine’s December 2020 issue, a “Year in Risk,” which is available both in print and on 


Morgan delves into how the risk landscape has changed in 2020 as well as the many events that could be filed as risk management news. Justin and Morgan also discuss how this year has challenged some of Morgan’s journalism approaches and philosophies, how RM magazine staff produced some of the best coverage this year, and what some of the major stories were from this year that risk professionals may have overlooked due to COVID-19.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’ Global Membership.

[:25] About today’s episode.

[:35] Current RIMS features, offerings, news, and events.

[1:39] More about today’s episode with Morgan O’Rourke.

[2:02] Justin welcomes Morgan O’Rourke to RIMScast!

[2:21] Morgan speaks about what it was like to publish RM magazine in 2020.

[3:32] Morgan’s career history with RIMS and the publishing group.

[4:01] Morgan speaks more on how RM magazine’s publishing shifted in 2020 and the content overhaul they went through.

[6:07] Did Morgan feel that more people this year were gravitating towards the RIMS publishing group for their information this year?

[7:04] In what areas does Morgan feel that the RM magazine staff produced some of the best coverage this year?

[9:07] Did Morgan find that more of his own life ended up making its way into the articles, non-directly or directly?

[10:35] Some of the major areas and stories from this year that Morgan thinks risk professionals should know about that may have been overlooked due to COVID.

[15:32] Morgan highlights some of the positive developments in risk management in 2020.

[17:24] Leading up to February 2020, how was being a risk journalist, editor, and publisher for Morgan? What were some of the changes in the three to four years leading up to that date?

[19:18] Morgan shares what he thinks makes reporting on risk management different from reporting on other professions.

[22:25] How does Morgan sift through the noise to get to the newsworthy part of a story?

[27:11] In the last couple of years, RM magazine has received a lot of awards and accolades. Morgan speaks a bit about these.

[28:10] What RM magazine has in store for 2021.

[29:58] Justin thanks Morgan for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to check out in this episode’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Risk Management magazine — Year in Risk — December 2020

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