Here's how I got my information on this devastating hurricane (I have spent a fair amount of time in New Orleans. My sister once owned a lingerie store in the French Quarter. While I am trying to describe the pattern by which I got my information, it is important to convey how much I feel about what is happening down there.)
1. Heard about the preparations on the 11pm news on Sunday (probably NBC affiliate in DC). Scanned Weather Channel a few times for the MOS (Man on the street) reports.
2. Monday morning: "read" Washington Post. Not much there. As I compared timetables it seemed like the hurricane would have made landfall well after the paper went to press.
3. Stood in front of the TVs at work (we are a PR Agency and have three screens side by side in our lobby). We were tuned to CNN, Fox News and a third channel. There was some strong coverage with reporters on the scene apparently in the line of danger. The facts were not always clear (e.g. was the entire roof of the Superdome about to rip off?) There was no sense that the storm was devastating the city.
4. Tuesday morning: "read" Washington Post. Some pictures. More information. Seems like flooding is a problem. Meant to go online to CNN or one of the big news sites at work but got consumed in work.
5. Wednesday morning (today): WAMMO! the front page of the post carries the high, wide angle shot of N.O. streets flooded as far as the eye can see. Death toll up. 80% of the city underwater. I see places I recognize but know there is so much more to the story.
6. Immediately I go to these two places to find out more:
7. I plan to call my father - Jack Bell - who lives adjacent to Gulf Shores, AL. They were socked by a hurricane last year and moved inland a few miles so I know he is okay. But he is a radio personality down there and last time around manned the station during the crisis to keep trafficking information. He was cited for his committed role during that hurricane. I will want his take on this one.