Covering the aftermath of a hurricane that roars through your region presents challenges that normal news routines can’t always account for. As part of a study about the effects of covering Hurricane Harvey, 30 reporters spoke about their experiences and provided advice for news managers who may someday find themselves in the path of a hurricane. Part 1 focuses on planning and coverage. Stay tuned for part 2, focusing on the trauma of the coverage.
TV stations covering the wildfires were all over the airwaves and Internet as the blazes caused mass evacuations, destroyed acres of forest and wiped out 600 homes. For many of the people who covered this story, mustering the ability “to keep going” had an emotional component as well. That is particularly true for the Colorado Springs news crews, some of which lived in the Waldo Canyon fire’s path. Now the Colorado Broadcasters Association has produced PSAs in support of the Red Cross and local firefighters.
A TVB analysis of Rentrak audience data during the weekend of Hurricane Irene shows dramatic ratings spikes for ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates.
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 already hanging heavy in our hearts, the recent earthquake on the East Coast (and the follow-up hurricane) brought back jittery reminders that individuals and nations alike are not fully in change of their own destinies. For major news events, television remains the best source of macro-information because a TV news network is essentially an aggregator of thousands of other news sources. In the end, the tweets and Facebook posts only provided an impressionistic picture of what was happening. Nothing delivered the big picture as well as old-fashioned television.
Newsy Ramps Up For 24/7 News
If anybody really needed a reminder of the power of broadcasting, they got it on Tuesday when a rare earthquake shook things up in the same region that Hurricane Irene is now threatening. Given that, why is broadcasting getting so little respect in Washington these days? Perhaps the folks at the FCC, Congress, the White House, the Commerce Department and the Department of Homeland Security will want to think about what they can do for broadcasting once they tear themselves away from their TVs and radios after Irene passes by this weekend.
From Japan to Libya, disasters and political upheavel around the globe are wreaking havoc on the already-skeletal budgets of cable and broadcast news organizations. “We’ve already had a year’s worth of breaking news coverage, and it’s not even the end of March,” David Verdi, NBC News VP of worldwide newsgathering, said.