Jan 29, 2013

As floods rise, journos struggle to get the story out

Reporters and editors are working hard to get the paper out in the areas worst affected by the latest Queensland floods.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Christina Ongley, editor of the Bundaberg News-Mail, is covering what could well be the biggest story of her career. But she’s stranded at her roadblocked home in Childers, 40 minutes out of town. Meanwhile, her reporters and photographers have had to evacuate their office; some have had to flee their homes.

As Ongley speaks to Crikey, she’s updating the News-Mail‘s live blog on the unfolding emergency. The numbers she’s posting are staggering: 7500 people displaced, up to 3000 homes have been evacuated, 1000 people rescued by choppers in the past 24 hours. The Burnett River has already reached 9.4 metres.

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2 thoughts on “As floods rise, journos struggle to get the story out

  1. Steve Grant

    Staggering? Really? “Torrential rain starting on 23 Jun 2012 resulted in floods and landslides, killing 139 people and causing the destruction of homesteads and significantly affecting ten districts in the northern and south-eastern parts of Bangladesh. More than 5 million people were affected by the floods, which damaged over 360,000 houses and 230,000 areas of crops. A total of 50,778 people were evacuated to 246 shelters.” (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Nov 15, 2012). Keep it real, Crikey

  2. scot mcphee

    IS that the reason why Abbott got away with a two-minute sandbag fill for the cameras?

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