I-4 Pile Up Coverage

I made no mention yesterday of the I-4 series of accidents. Like most everyone else, I was checking the papers and feeling great sympathy for the drivers, passengers, and their families.

We were celebrating a family birthday yesterday, and by 2 pm I had to turn off the news, close my laptop, give a silent prayer to the families, and turn to my own.

Frankly, it is the kind of story that I’m happy to leave to the Ledger, Tribune and Sentinel reporters and photographers. At best, all I could have done was link to the coverage by those professionals. I figured everyone who reads this site, was already checking those sites.

However, if you haven’t read the report at The Smog Blog, check out their satellite pictures and information on “surrounding particulate matter monitors” and visibility.

Like you, I woke this morning to read the papers, check the sites, and see if anything has surfaced as to a definitive cause. Something, I fear we may not discover.

If you haven’t already, check out Empirical Polk. Josh wrote this morning about how the papers have already diverged in coverage. I expected each paper would get its focus early and follow it. You could see early the swarm coverage the Ledger had on the story and how the I-4 shutdown was affecting the lives of Polk County citizens. I’d daresay they had the early jump and the other papers had to find their own way. I agree with Josh, that when the time comes, and traffic has resumed, the Ledger will return their resources home to find out “why?”

You’ll notice that the Sentinel mentions looking at the other newspaper sites. That’s not unusual. when cities had two daily papers they’d go to great lengths to figure out when the other paper was covering. The Web has just simplified the process.

Frankly, I didn’t follow the story with the TV crews. There are stories where I want to read it, not see it. Also, very early on, I made a conscious decision to stop reading the news forums. The general callousness and rush to point fingers left me cold.

I doubt I’ll make any more mention of the pile-up unless some aspect of the print reporting strikes me. If the accident was caused by anything other than driver error, I trust the combined work of the three major papers on the I-4 corridor will keep us well informed.

2 thoughts on “I-4 Pile Up Coverage

  1. One bit of a surprise came that afternoon while, after a day of work, I flipped around the radio dial to check out what type of coverage the tragedy was getting. Now this was just after 4 PM, but at that time the station which was providing the best overall coverage was the Christian Talk station at 910, which is licensed to Plant City. The host was doing a fine job of updating the information as quickly as possible.

    Local radio can still do the job, when it wants to. The problem is, with big companies such as Clear Channel, Cox, et al., much of the time it doesn’t want to.

  2. One bit of a surprise came that afternoon while, after a day of work, I flipped around the radio dial to check out what type of coverage the tragedy was getting. Now this was just after 4 PM, but at that time the station which was providing the best overall coverage was the Christian Talk station at 910, which is licensed to Plant City. The host was doing a fine job of updating the information as quickly as possible.

    Local radio can still do the job, when it wants to. The problem is, with big companies such as Clear Channel, Cox, et al., much of the time it doesn’t want to.

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