September 10, 2018

As of 6:30PM on Monday September 10th, Hurricane Florence is predicted to make landfall on the United States’ east coast on Thursday September 13th.

I am writing my reflection on this front-page coverage piece.  As a disclaimer, this is coverage before the storm hits the coast and is subject to change as the situation evolves.

BBC’s piece is an excellent display of convergence because it integrates a dynamic collection of text, photos, infographics, and interactive features to demonstrate many different facets of the story. I will highlight five different content pieces (with accompanying screenshots) and how they add journalistic depth to the story.

1) Basic newswriting

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The piece contains a general news lede and consistent written coverage from the who, what, where, when, why, into explaining more detail about the storm and the preparations for it.

2) Photos

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Satellite images show the actual storm, adding another layer of reality to the piece.

3) A Map

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This map helps show the predicted location of the storm. This way, readers can visualize what areas will be affected most.

4) Integrating social media posts

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The inclusion of social media posts adds extra sources and provides visuals/information that come from outside of the news organization.

5) A Video

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The video provides another way to see what could happen. It shows the devastation of previous hurricanes.

All in all, this amalgamation of different methods provides readers with a comprehensive look at the impact of Hurricane Florence. The mixture allows for a reader to take a grand look from different perspectives, or adhere to the one method that works best for them.