Monday, there were some small homemade bombs left downtown on the parking garage. The local paper and TV stations were on the scene. Many stuck in offices wanted to know what was going on. Who had the the quickest online coverage of the event?
Well, the Lakeland Police Department Twitter feed announced the bombs had been found. After that, the best place to get the news was neither the paper nor any of the stations. You needed to follow @aaronjbates on Twitter.com.
Get used to following local residents on Twitter. As the media loses resources, we’re going to find neighbors reporting the news.
Bates has a pair of posts describing the day from his vantage point downtown:
“The real story is how bad |SLOW| the news coverage was on this and how easy it was for me to convey what I was seeing and hearing to my Twitter followers” — Lakeland Bomb Threat Diffused | Part 1 and Lakeland Bomb Threat Diffused | Part 2