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
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.
Satellite images show the actual storm, adding another layer of reality to the piece.
3) A Map
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
The inclusion of social media posts adds extra sources and provides visuals/information that come from outside of the news organization.
5) A Video
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.