Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:13:29 +0200
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"[Covering Japan: the internet difference] As a media observer, what struck me this time was how rich..."
- “[Covering Japan: the internet difference] As a media observer, what struck me this time was how rich and multifaceted the information flow was. In 1995, I worked in the AP bureau in Tokyo, trying to understand what I could from Japanese broadcast news reports. We were sometimes able to reach someone, official or not, in the Kobe region via phone for a quick interview as the death toll rose, eventually reaching more than 6,400. We, of course, covered the major news conferences held by agencies and government offices. For information from the region, I relied largely on the reporters and photographers (including me three weeks and then six months after the quake) who were dispatched to the scene. Listening to and watching the broadcast channels and the other wire services was an overwhelming and chaotic but — by today’s standards — thin experience. MULTI-PLATFORM EXPERIENCE TODAY
The past few days, sitting at home and in my office in New York, it felt like I had more information and contacts at my fingertips than I did then as a reporter in Japan. The morning I learned of the quake, I had a TV connected to digital cable, an iPad, a Blackberry and a web-connected computer in my living room. I flipped among ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox, CNN, and BBC on TV. An iPad app gave me video of quake alerts in English and other languages from Japanese national broadcaster NHK. I dipped into the Twitter and Facebook streams. A photo slideshow on the front page of the New York Times only a few hours after the quake gave a sense of not just the depth of destruction but also the geographic breadth. The towns being mentioned in captions spanned multiple prefectures (similar to states).”
- MediaShift . How Social Media, Internet Changed Experience of Japan Disaster | PBS