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Spotlight on Local News: Covering Harvey and the Aftermath

By Josh Mabry, Local News Partnerships; Amber Burgess, CrowdTangle; and Dorrine Mendoza, News Partnerships

As waters rose in Houston, local news outlets were on the scene not just reporting vital news but actively helping the community. Poynter has showcased several great stories about local news journalists, newspapers and TV stations going above and beyond. They reported on a veteran journalist with a side project called Space City Weather that has became a vital source of information; how KHOU, a CBS affiliate, managed to stay on air while they were being evacuated from their building; the conditions that forced The Victoria Advocate to camp out in the office over several days and report without power; the story behind an already iconic photo; how the Houston Chronicle is covering the storm; and three journalists that forecasted the impact of a hurricane like Harvey in 2016.

Here are some other examples of how local news outlets are telling the story across Facebook. There are so many incredible ways local news outlets have played a vital role in keeping people safe and alert; here are some stand out moments before, during, and after the storm.

Starting at 1:45 am on Saturday, August 26, KVUE ABC kept a running blog about the impact of Hurricane Harvey, updating it several times an hour as updates came in.

Reporter Jobin Panicker of WFAA Channel 6 sent a team to Corpus Christi to pick up NICU babies before Hurricane Harvey arrived in the area.

KHOU11 went live to show residents how they can salvage flood and water damaged photos.

The Victoria Advocate, despite housing its employees throughout the weekend and losing power in the process, put together this video detailing the wreckage.

When KHOU 11 News was evacuated due to flooding and couldn’t report, sister station WFAA-TV in Dallas went live from KHOU’s Page to provide updates to Houston residents.

Noticias 45 Houston went live on their Page to give up the minute analysis of the storm.

KCEN TV shared this amazing video of a woman swimming to rescue someone from a car stuck in flooding waters.

The Dallas Observer listed all restaurants raising money and donating supplies to those that need it in South Texas.

Fox 26 shared this footage of the flooding across the Buffalo Bayou in Houston.

ABC 13 captured an emotional moment as one flood victim displayed the two bags that remained of his possessions.

Channel 5 News kept a running list of all school closings.

CBS Austin put together a video detailing the devastation in Rockport.

ABC 13 in Houston honored police officer Sgt. Steve Perez, who died in the flood waters. People used the comments to share their memories of him and thank him for his work.

KPRC2 shared this infographic putting into context how much rain has fallen across greater Houston.

NBC25 in Michigan used Live With to check in with residents in Houston affected by the flooding.

Journalist Martín Berlanga Periodista from Telemundo Houston gave a tour of the Telemundo newsroom as they worked overtime to report the storm.