Earlier this week, we posted about a community media effort led by Chartruese to send a group of bloggers, podcasters, or videobloggers down to New Orleans to report on the “ground truth” of what was happening.
This effort is important to us for a number of reasons. First, a good friend of mine was personally responsible for some private sector crisis management efforts related to Hurricane Katrina. Just to hear his own story about what he went through trying to ascertain the safety of around a thousand employees of his corporation was enough to scare the hell out of me.
Second, Katrina was the largest natural disaster in the United States. Avoidable? Perhaps not. Fucked up? Totally.
Finally, we have a vested interest in blogging.. or what we’re calling in this case Citizen’s Media. On the ground reporting from folks that don’t have a mainstream media connection will produce what I hope to be some raw and challenging footage and thoughts that will show us what the current state of affairs in New Orleans really is.
From New York, New York, 1938 Media’s Loren Feldman.
From Los Angeles, California, Mishikea Brathwaite.
From San Francisco, California, New Orleans native Travis Campbell.
Assisting the team on the ground in New Orleans is Candice Quates.
We hope to have an interview posted soon with members of the team. Keep an eye for stories here and at New Orleans Now.