Thursday, April 08, 2010
'Grassroots' coverage of New York fire



You can tell news is news when people want to tell other people about it. We thought it interesting that iReporters milhaus, sjunat55 and mcintron all came across the same underground fire and decided to document it. milhaus was visiting from Fort Collins, Colorado, and came upon a smoky, bustling scene that told him something was stewing underground. "Heavy, sooty black smoke was pouring out of the ground. Firefighters and rescue workers were everywhere." He just had to get out his camera. "The activity and excitement made me want to share. This was grassroots news."

sjunat55 was just passing through the area when he noticed the commotion. An experienced iReporter, he was taken aback by the active scene around him, but quickly figured out what to do. "It was actually an experience for me," he said, adding that this coverage built his confidence in being able to capture images as events are unfolding before his eyes. Later, mcintron was on her way to see a show in the Theater District when she spotted the same scene and also felt compelled to pull out her camera. Her videos capture the group of emergency vehicles that were still gathered after darkness had fallen. She noted that in typical fashion, her urban brethren were unshaken. In her words: "New Yorkers take everything in stride as people stroll seemingly unperturbed by the massive show of fire fighters and emergency lights."

Three iReporters, one event, three different perspectives. Stories like this are the core of iReport. If you see news happening around you, you might try pulling out your camera and helping to tell the story. You never know who else is out there, too. Be sure to stay safe and avoid unnecessary risks, of course. Show us what's going on near you.

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April 9, 2010
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Thanks for blogging about this, nsaidi! Nicely written! Now how do we get rid of the spam? UGH.

April 12, 2010
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What an interesting topic I wonder if this could have been planned.

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