Media News - Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Reporters and news organizations covering Hurricane Isaac, which left a path of destruction and flooding in U.S. Gulf Coast states last week, may have offered a glimpse into the future of journalism, suggests an industry observer for the Nieman Journalism Lab. Watching the storm from her home in south Mississippi, Gina Musallo Chen said she "saw the emergence of a hybrid form of media coverage," one that bodes well for the future of an embattled industry. Chen noted traditional media enhanced their coverage by the use of social media, still images and video shot by news organizations and amateurs, and apps, such as Hurricane Tracker, to help people decide whether to evacuate, and what routes were safe. "The mix of media offered me — who had just moved to hurricane country three weeks before the storm — a media experience that I’d argue would be unmatched in the old days of print, TV, and radio," Chen argued. (Knight Center)
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