Live, on-the-scene reports from average citizens have been a huge help to weather and news reporters today as they worked tirelessly to stay on top of weather conditions keep everyone alerted about today’s devastating storms. Crowdsourcing in its simplest form has occured today as professional news reporters and radio show hosts reached out to their viewers/listeners to help keep up with the fast moving, quickly changing storm system.
WATE 6 news and many other news sources across Tennessee are pulling long hours today to keep everyone up-to-date on where the storm is and what kind of weather it is delivering. Knox County reporter Hanna Kim has been traveling around reporting live via UStream to show everyone what is happening in various parts of the Knoxville area. The most dynamic coverage, however, is coming in from amateur photographers and video recorders in the area.One of the most watched and replayed videos on a variety of news stations is the video below recorded by an amateur reporter in Alabama.
While we were blessed not to have as much weather here as they did in Alabama, various storms did cause a great deal of weather damage here in Tennessee. Large amounts of hail have battered Knoxville this afternoon and tonight, shattering car windows, crashing through skylights, and pilling up to unbelievable heights.
Hopefully, everyone will remain safe and indoors. For more information on how amateur reporting and social media are affecting storm coverage, visit Mashable’s story about tornadoes and tech: http://mashable.com/2011/04/27/tornado-tech .
Be safe and share your content about the storms!
Note: I apologize for any spelling errors. This post was published from my HTC Hero phone because my power is out.