By now, you’ve heard enough about New Orleans. Photos, video, audio and written, all shoved right in your face. And rightly so.
You come to expect the problems associated with a hurricane… no power, no communications, no water, etc. But what about those still in the city? Do you really think they’re getting all the news we are?
Fortunately, things are getting better. Poynter, a journalism resource, has an article about WWL-TV moving from their New Orleans studios to the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge. From there, they used the campus TV station to produce a nightly newscast, with an interesting combination of professionals and students helping out.
Newspapers have also been affected. The Times-Picayune in New Orleans looks damn near heroic in Sunday’s NYTimes article (bugmenot.com if you need a username/password) about how the employees stayed in their office as long as they could, then escaped via delivery trucks, only to have many venture right back into New Orleans to cover the news. Their website, nola.com, was their only method for publishing for a few days, but are now back in print thanks to another paper’s press southwest of New Orleans.
This, my friends, is the reason why I will someday have remarkably beautiful, intelligent women trying desperately to reach me.
(update: The NPPA has an article about many photographers facing brutal police and theft of gear.)