We interrupt the liveblogging for a Hurricane related story. Nick Madigan of the Baltimore Sun writes about the battle between a reporter’s desire to get the story with the fact that that story could end up taking their life… (via WHAC)
“The first thing we tell them is, ‘Don’t be a hero,’ ” said Nancy Lane, CNN’s news director, as she concluded her fifth conference call of the day in preparation for the storm. “We don’t need any heroes.”
Other CNN correspondents, including John Zarrella and David Mattingly, remained in New Orleans, evidently with the intention of riding out the storm. But in the absence of the network’s satellite truck, Zarrella, who was staked out at the Superdome, went on the air by borrowing the equipment of a Houston affiliate, KPRC, a gesture for which CNN anchor Fredericka Whitfield expressed thanks from her desk in Atlanta.
Mattingly, at the New Orleans waterfront, had to settle for a satellite phone — also known as a digital newsgathering kit — which transmits a grainy, jerky image through a computer.