Post-Hurricane Sandy Citizen Photo Journalism Transcends the Traditional News Cycle
It’s been almost a month since Hurricane Sandy swept through the Northeast region of the US causing widespread damage. The storm was big news for a few days, but with the presidential election coming the week after, it became old news and was eventually pushed out of the mainstream news cycle.
Since we powered Stormgrams to tap into the citizen journalism coverage of the storm, we were able to see that the visual story is still being told through photos from those in the affected areas. The photos show extensive lasting damage, but also show the resiliency and human spirit as residents and volunteers conduct ongoing relief, cleanup and rebuilding efforts; giving us a fascinating first-hand perspective of what it’s like to live in the aftermath of a storm like Sandy.
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving this week, we thought it would be a good opportunity to give thanks for what we have and help those in need.
If you’d like to help contribute to the recovery effort, we suggest donating to the Red Cross. Financial donations make the greatest and most immediate impact, helping the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy.