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13 Jan

Web Journalism Roundup: Haitian earthquake coverage

The recent Haitian tragedy has generated coverage from not only the mainstream media but from all over the Web. Taking on different shapes and technologies, here’s a roundup from good friend Mark Luckie and myself. Please send us more!

New satellite photos show some devastating comparisons before the major quake rocked Haiti. Wired Magazine compared images:

NYTimes also compared before and after images with their impressive swipe tool:

CNN showcased raw street cam video as the quake hit. (Credited to CBS, but I could not find it on their site.):

A collection of viewer submitted stories looking for missing love ones.

CNN’s iReport was made for a story like this. Knowing they are an international hub, they created a “Looking for loved ones in Haiti” section which is pretty compelling:

Geo information is one of the newest and most powerful tools we now have. The site GeoCommons “delivers visual analytics through maps.” Here’s a map of Haiti earthquake data:

A group called the International Network of Crisis Mappers has paired up with local officials, it seems, to try to map incidents and missing people:

The LATimes has launch its GoogleMap to help cover the story as well:,0,564631.htmlstory. And they also offer a Flash earthquake primer:,0,410617.flash.

AP's earthquake Flash graphic

The Associated Press sent out one of their special Flash graphics that is available to all its members. This one was hosted on

The standard tool when covering breaking news is a photo gallery. This event generated many incredibly moving images that led to several galleries, many starting with a warning. Here’s one by MSNBC:’s Big Picture did what it does best and just let you have it without a warning:

The NYTimes took a slightly different approach to photography with their tool that allowed you to really study an image:

PicFrong is a real time photo search. Here are the Haiti results. Be warned, there are some graphic images flowing in:

BBC offered an aerial view of the scene with its simple, raw video:

Live radio from Haiti:

This piece from the Sydney Morning Herald has some intense video, photos and more as it looks at “how the net revealed Haiti horror”:

Twitter has been an incredible source. Here’s the latest with the hashtag #haiti: But you can also get more detailed with tweets from the ground. Here is a search looking for tweets in a 50-mile radius to Port-au-Prince:

In another GoogleWave experiment, someone launched a public wave to aggregate news and information from mainstream, indie, and live sources:

This public Google Wave has a collection of links submitted by anyone with a Wave account.

Please send in more examples!