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:
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.
Tomorrow, I’ll point to what area bloggers are saying.
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