Harvey continues dumping rain over Houston after its devastating landfall in Texas on Friday. As the rest of the country follows its menacing path and the destruction in its wake, journalists at Local Media Consortium newspapers and television stations have courageously served their communities.
Given the power of the storm – and the displacement of personnel from their own offices and homes – the dedication of our members truly was an act of heroism.
I invite you to sample some of the best local journalism from our members during a life-threatening storm.
Advocate Digital Media
Location: Victoria, TX
This Facebook Live video from The Victoria Advocate directed residents to life-sustaining services at a local mobile kitchen and emergency pharmacy, and it’s just one example of the comprehensive coverage they provided for their audience.
Location: El Paso, TX
KTSM 9 in El Paso called around until they found a city official in an attempt to help a woman and her three children who needed to be rescued. They also changed their Facebook timeline photo to appeal for donations to help victims.
Location: Austin, TX
Excellent job on comprehensive coverage from the Austin-American Statesman.
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Kris 6 has been a powerhouse of coverage since Harvey approached the Texas coast.
Location: Palestine, TX
The Palestine Herald-Press warned residents of the risk of gators hidden in floodwaters, including residents’ own backyards.
DMN Media, Belo
Location: Dallas, TX
Dallas News has a Harvey live coverage page that’s updated every few minutes.
Location: Huntsville, TX
The Huntsville Item provided the kind of on-the-ground coverage related to road closures and power outages for their community that only local media can provide.
Advocate Digital Media
Location: Longview, TX and East Texas
The Longview News-Journal wrote a touching editorial with tips for readers who want to donate to victims.
Location: Houston, TX
CW 39 provided excellent coverage throughout the storm, and especially life-sustaining emergency information as Houston deals with the aftermath.
Location: Shreveport, LA
KTBS 3 had comprehensive coverage leading up to the storm, including a personable meteorologist – Neil Shaw – describing what was going to happen, and why. Since then, they’ve done a great job on providing updates to get donations to the affected areas.
Capital City Press
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
The Advocate’s newsroom has been quite busy with Harvey coverage. Their piece on the Cajun Navy – an all-volunteer force of responders – particularly resonated with their readers.