September 11, 2005

Reporting Katrina

Reporting on the Reporting



A compendium of press criticism



General Press Criticism

"Covering New Orleans: The Decade Before the Storm"
Byron Calame, The New York Times, September 11, 2005

"Hearings Tempest Downgraded to Tropical Storm"
Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post, September 12, 2005

"Why Katrina Spawned no Media Stars"
Jon Friedman, MarketWatch, September 12, 2005

"Why Levee Breaches in New Orleans were Late-Breaking News"
Joe Hagan & Joseph T. Hallinan, Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2005

"From Deference to Outrage: Katrina and the Press"
Jay Rosen, Press Think, September 8, 2005

"Standing in the Way of a Good Story"
Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post, September 9, 2005

"Color-blind coverage?"
Ishmael Reed, San Francisco Chronicle, September 9, 2005

"Refugees, evacuees, victims or survivors?"
Don Wycliff, Chicago Tribune, September 8, 2005

"After the Deluge"
Art Buchwald, Tribune Media Services, September 8, 2005

"Use of the Word 'Refugee' Stirs Newsroom Debate"
Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press, September 6, 2005

"Media comes through with Katrina coverage"
Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News, September 7, 2005

"The Story of the Hurricane"
Sheelah Kolhatkar and Rebecca Dana, The New York Observer, September 7, 2005

"At Last, Reporters' Feelings Rise to the Surface"
Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post, September 5, 2005

"Anger, empathy, skepticism cracking through journalistic objectivity"
Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun, September 4, 2005

"Katrina rekindles adversarial media"
Peter Johnson, USA Today, September 5, 2005

"A warning sent but left unheeded"
Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2005

"News media get past logistical hurdles to report on storm's aftermath"
Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun, September 2, 2005

"Journalism in Recovering Communities: Lessons from Grand Forks"
Butch Ward, Poynteronline, August 31, 2005

"Katrina, up close and very personal"
Bill Keveney, USA Today, August 30, 2005

"Covering Katrina: About As Bad As Can Be"
Bill Mitchell, Poynteronline, September 1, 2005

"News groups scramble, improvise on 'bigger' story"
Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald, September 1, 2005

"Media cautious in storm's wake"
Paul J. Gough, The Hollywood Reporter, September 1, 2005

"Media Struggles to Cover Katrina"
Brian Montopoli, CBSNews.com , August 31, 2005

"News media grapples with peril storm poses"
Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun, August 29, 2005

Newspapers

"The Times-Picayune: How They Did It"
Paul McLeary, CJR Daily, September 12, 2005

"Hurricane Forces New Orleans Newspaper to Face a Daunting Set of Obstacles"
Lisa Guernsey, The New York Times, September 5, 2005

"'NY Times' Photographer Talks About Covering "War Zone" in Louisiana"
Daryl Lang, Photo District News, September 1, 2005

"Here Comes the 'Sun': Biloxi Paper Somehow Appears in Print"
Jennifer Saba, Editor & Publisher, August 30, 2005

"Baton Rouge Paper Rides Out Storm–and Offers New Home for the AP"
Joe Strupp, Associated Press, August 30, 2005

"Newspapers Improvise With Web Editions and Blogs"
James Rainey, The Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2005

Television

"They Shoot News Anchors, Don't They?"
Nikki Finke, LA Weekly, September 9-15, 2005

"The camera doesn't lie"
The Baltimore Sun, September 8, 2005

"In the madness of hurricane and its aftermath, TV is the unblinking eye that brings clarity"
Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle, September 7, 2005

"The worst, best of Katrina on TV"
Jonathan Storm, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 7, 2005

"TV was the eye on the storm"
Robert Lloyd, The Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2005

"Networks won't retreat from graphic coverage"
Paul J. Gough, Reuters, September 1, 2005

"Television Finds Covering Area Hit by Storm is Like Working in a War Zone"
Bill Carter, The New York Times, September 1, 2005

"TV Networks Navigate Floodwaters To Get on Air"
Jennifer Frey, The Washington Post, September 1, 2005

"TV coverage captures drama"
Robin Abcarian, The Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2005

"TV employs a familiar hurricane script"
Jon Friedman, MarketWatch, August 31, 2005

"TV journalists face shortages in Katrina coverage"
Paul J. Gough, The Hollywood Reporter, August 31, 2005

"Networks improvise in Gulf Coast as Katrina hits"
Paul J. Gough, Reuters, August 29, 2005

"None injured as CNN mobile unit takes hit"
Paul J. Gough, Hollywood Reporter, August 29, 2005

New Media

"Craigslist Versus Katrina"
Keith Axline, Wired.com, September 1, 2005

"Web sites help lost loved ones find each other"
Bob Sullivan and Will Femia, MSNBC.com, August 31, 2005

"News outlets, online journalists struggle to fill post-storm information gap"
K. Oanh Ha, San Jose Mercury News, August 31, 2005

"Storm blogs offer Katrina insight"
BBC News, August 31, 2005

"Flooding Stops Presses and Broadcasts, So Journalists Turn to the Web"
Steve Lohr and Felicia R. Lee, The New York Times, August 31, 2005

Blogging the Hurricane, Day 2: How Newspapers Are Covering Cleanup & Rescue on the Gulf Coast"
Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher , August 29, 2005