A message to those being affected by Hurricane Michael

October 10, 2018 09:30

A message to those being affected by Hurricane Michael:
 
Many local communities in Florida, Alabama and other Southern States are now feeling the impacts from Hurricane Michael.  The major storm has been growing in strength and the public’s need for real-time information has been vital.  As the forecast developed and the track became clearer, journalists and meteorologists have been on duty to pass along critical and lifesaving details to their news consumers.  Essential details which gave people time to prepare. 
 
As the storm makes landfall and long after, journalists are again playing a pivotal role in keeping their audiences safe and informed.  News crews are in harm’s way to offer live reports on the hurricane’s impact.  Journalists are covering important local, state and federal briefings where key public agencies are outlining the latest information.  Reporters are there to provide news on shelters, power outages, road conditions and other storm impacts.  Photojournalists and reporters are also capturing the impact of the hurricane and telling the stories of heroes who are working to save life and property. 
 
This is what we do.  This is journalism.
 
To the journalists in the region, RTDNA would like to say thank you for the work you have done and will continue to do.  Your ability to provide timely, accurate and responsible information to news consumers is a critical part of the public service you consistently provide. 
 
However, remember that covering storms like Hurricane Michael is dangerous.  We urge all to stay safe as you perform this valuable public service.  Follow your safety procedures, minimize your risks by staying situationally aware of your surroundings and seek shelter during the height of the storm. 
 
Above all, remember no storm or story is worth losing your life. 
 
Jerry Walsh
Chairman, RTDNA