Local online coverage of Nashville killer tornado

Local online coverage of Nashville killer tornados: In the past, I’ve pointed to other cities’ local news coverage of weather disasters. I’ve noted that newspapers like the Mobile Press Register and, most notably and impressively, the New Orleans Picayune, discovered early in their disaster coverage that the blogging format (reverse chronology, time-stamped, immediate) is ideally suited for coverage of such a breaking dis-jointed event. I’ve just surfed around a bit to see if any of those lessons from other markets are being applied here in the wake of a series of tornados ripping through numerous communities in Middle Tennessee today. At this point, 11 people are reported killed. Here’s a roundup of how, as of 10:30 p.m., CDT, the coverage of the tornados online:

  • The Tennessean: The Tennessean is using its front page to package a dozen stories. Impressive coverage — and impressive they are throwing everything online as soon as they can.
  • Nashville City Paper: The Nashville City Paper has one article — no special format.
  • Nashville Scene: No coverage.
  • WKRN-TV: The station recently redesigned its website and the result is a perfect format for such a breaking news story as this: reverse chronological, time-stamped.
  • WKRN blogs:

  • Nashville is Talking: Oddly (surreally?), Nashville is Talking’s guest blogger is covering the immigration issue tonight. People from all over the world who have Nashville ties are trying to find out about their friends and family. Can’t immigration wait until tomorrow? What needs to be happening is a round up of what Nashville bloggers are really talking about tonight…and it ain’t immigration.
  • NashvilleWX (link fixed): I couldn’t get on the site earlier today, its server was obviously being taxed. But tonight, NashvilleWX appears to be shaping up as the go-to weblog. WKRN’s weather team know how to cover weather on TV and they are seasoned bloggers.
  • WSMV TV: The stories and video are all there on the front, jumbled, but there. Already a link to the Red Cross.
  • WTVF TV: Story, video on the front page. Links to Red Cross and Community Foundation Tennessee storm recovery effort. I’m adding a link to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Storm Recovery Fund here as well.
  • Tomorrow, I’ll point to what area bloggers are saying.

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    2 thoughts on “Local online coverage of Nashville killer tornado

    1. fiy the NashvilleWX link isn’t working.
      1 comment about the WKRN format, i’m finding there are too many videos and too specific. Difficult to get a general overview. The most impressive IMO is on WSMV ‘New upscale homes destroyed in Gallatin’ by Mariam Nabizad, interview with Gallatin fire chief Joe Womack (excellent interviewing, images, commentary).

    2. You’re absolutely right about my tone-deafness on this, Rex. My apologies– and thank you for putting this post together, btw.

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