Hurricane Mathew has brought flooding to three separate newsrooms in North Carolina this week, forcing journalists to find alternative means to cover the big story. One solution: News orgs are sharing information with competing publications. “When things are so bad and your priority is to tell people what’s going on so they’re informed, that’s your common goal,” said Lorry Williams, deputy editor for news at The Observer.
Throughout the day today, TVN’s Market Share blogger Paul Greeley will continually post Facebook updates from TV stations in areas along the East Coast. You’ll be able to track the coverage of Hurricane Matthew as reported on Facebook as close to real time as possible.
With Matthew, the first big hurricane to threaten Florida and the Carolinas in several years, barreling up the coast, the FCC has started its anticipatory disaster response. Commission personnel will be available, 24/7, to assist communications providers as they deal with the effects of the storm. The phone number for the Operations Center is 202-418-1122, and its email address is [email protected]
As Hurricane Matthew prepares to hit the United States, stations in Florida like WPLG Miami (above) are covering the storm in full force, with radar loops and the red hurricane warning flags being a common thread.