The Meek School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

Isaac Storm Coverage Mobilizes Meek School

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by alysia

Flooded and empty marina on Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, Miss. as Hurricane Isaac approaches, August 28, 2012. Photo by Mikki Harris.

Hours before Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana, a team of Meek School faculty and students drove through the night to cover the storm. Heading out at 2 a.m., sleep was hard to come by on the seven-hour trip to Biloxi, Miss.

Student Stephen Quinn, captures footage from Biloxi resident Randell Broussard’s front yard as Hurricane Isaac approaches. Shot on August 28, 2012. Photo by Alysia Steele.

Students Stephen Quinn and Margaret Ann Morgan brought a full complement of broadcast gear with a goal of reporting for NewsWatch, the student-produced nightly newscast.

Morgan made the most of her Mississippi roots and contacted family members who took in the team of four, including Assistant Professor Mikki Harris and Professional in Residence Alysia Steele.

With the storm still offshore, the crew toured the area, visiting buildings ruined by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, viewed plots of land still empty from the devastation and observed community attempts to revitalize the city.

The wind and rain picked up as the day progressed and the reporters talked to people waiting out the storm, spoke with the Biloxi police chief and captured video and still photos in the low-lying areas where water was already flowing into roadways.

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