The Media and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Lost and Found by J. Sylvester

By J. Sylvester

Even though the influence of typhoon Katrina has definitely been felt in political, monetary, and social phrases, the affects on and of the media have mostly been missed. This ebook tells the tales of the newshounds, newspapers, and broadcast stations most influenced by way of Katrina and information their struggles to hide the aftermath.

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Although he was born in St. Louis and can often be seen wearing his bright-red baseball Cardinals jacket, he has lived in New Orleans for thirty years. He was used to many things about the city, including regular flooding. “Street flooding is not unusual in New Orleans. Every year, one neighborhood or another will suffer street flooding. It makes it difficult to drive around, and it ruins a lot of carpets. ” Hurricanes, too, come with regularity. “They knock down power lines. Everyone in New Orleans has candles and battery-powered lamps so they can spend a night or two without electricity.

It was a very sober moment. We talked about what we anticipated would happen, and we said everybody has got to take care of your personal safety and take care of your families. It’s amazing how accurate we were in the discussion. We said that this is going to be a defining moment for this newspaper. We want to make sure that we stay alive and then cover the story for the people here and do it well.

Monday afternoon came, and MacCash and O’Byrne got on their bikes. “We decided to go to Lakeview, a vulnerable suburban neighborhood of New Orleans, to see how bad the flooding was. We bicycled about half an hour on dry ground to get there. We used the highway, found a railroad track and followed the tracks. When we got to Canal Boulevard and passed underneath those railroad tracks in Lakeview, we became aware that the story was different than we thought. Canal Boulevard had become a river. Newspaper Section Introduction ● 23 There was no longer any doubt in our minds that this was more than street flooding.

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