Fading Fires: Reviewing Union-Tribune’s Online Coverage


Nelvin Cepeda/ Union-Tribune

In the midst of chaos, journalists in California dealt with having to cover the fires’ destruction while also juggling risk and personal upheaval. Many evacuated their homes, then went straight to work, filing stories and responding to readers’ questions online around the clock.

I wrote an article about the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s coverage and interviewed some Society of Environmental Journalists board members for suggestions on new angles journalists can take in their coverage of the fires and their aftermath. You can add your comments to the article here. Several news organizations did a good job of covering the fires, but I chose to focus on just one of the paper’s, as another article that ran prior to the article I wrote did a round-up coverage of different news organizations’ coverage. Which news organization(s) do you think did a particularly good job of covering the fires? Was there something you would have liked to see more of? What ideas do you have for new angles to the fire stories?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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