After spending the last day watching media coverage of the disaster in Haiti, I am struck by so many thoughts. The initial emotion is a profound sadness. That any human has to bear such pain and sorrow makes my heart sad, particularly in a country that has already carried its burden of pain for many decades. The second emotion is gratitude. Gratitude that, as my mom would say, ‘there but for the grace of God go I.’
There are many links surfacing throughout the internet with Facebook and Twitter contributing a large amount of content and resources emerging for this ravaged country. It is amazing to me the role the social media is playing in today’s media climate. Spend some time with this story, and be thankful.
The Miami Herald has some excellent images and reporters on the ground in Haiti- they are graphic and intense. A fellow classmate from UNC has an excellent blog about multimedia and has highlighted some of the aid being generated in social media and the multimedia coverage throughout the media industry. The BBC also has done a good job of covering a timeline of the events.
As these stories continue to emerge from this disaster, we should take the time to engage with the story and make some sort of contribution of time or resources to those in need. And, of course, be thankful for the privileges we have and the resources our country can provide.