Where’s the News?
It is Day 3 of the #WVWaterCrisis and I find myself more frustrated in getting news than I am getting water. I made my rounds this morning to our local news websites to see if there was any new updates about the chemical spill and when we can begin using water again. Instead of getting the latest news I got the latest advertisements. I was so distracted with the goofy clipart and numerous ads it was hard to focus and find the news.The old school media trying to be relevant in a new media world has failed. What a hot mess!
After 3 days of this crisis I reflected on how I am getting my news and what has worked best for me. Hands down it has been Twitter. In my opinion Twitter has been the most user-friendly and most relevant in getting news about the #WVWaterCrisis than any other media outlet. Facebook has been ok but can be just as busy if you are using your computer. Facebook is far better on mobile devices. It has been a good resource to keep tabs on friends and family.
The first picture above is a screenshot of the front page of the Charleston Gazette’s website. Keep in mind this is the state’s largest newspaper. I can’t even see any news headlines. The main picture has nothing to do with the water crisis. Really? You actually have to scroll down to see any news at all. We wonder why newspapers are dying.
The second screenshot is a sample of my Twitter feed. As you can see it is clean with no distractions and I am able to get quick updates from news outlets, friends and others. A great way to stay up to date in a timely fashion and more so than not the content is relevant.
To demonstrate my frustration here is the list of news providers and links to their websites so you can see for yourselves. The only positive grade and recommendation out of this list I would give out is WCHS Radio 58. I would love to hear your comments on how are you getting your news during this crisis and what has worked best for you and what hasn’t worked.