Monday, December 12, 2005

Flooding Lessons

My very first NewsGem applauded the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune for its heroic coverage of Hurricane Katrina. The staffers, whose newsroom and own homes were devastated by the storm, deserve continued accolades for their coverage of the storm's aftermath. Gordon Russell's "Rising from the Tide" is a great example of the Times-Picayune's enterprising reporting. Russell went to Grand Forks, N.D., whose 1997 flood was the most damaging to a U.S. city prior to Katrina. Russell looks closely at the successes and failures of Grand Forks' rebuilding efforts to see what kind of lessons can be learned for New Orleans.


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