Sometimes, journalism is at its strongest when the journalist knows how to use other mediums besides reporting to tell the story.
This is what I was thinking when I read, “Residents in Conway stunned by tornado’s wrath” written by Globe Staffer Andy Rosen. The article was a piece dedicated to the reactions of Massachusetts residents after experiencing a tornado.
I enjoyed the descriptive lead that Rosen chose to use, beginning the piece by telling the personal story of a women and her husband whose roof was ripped off of their house during the storm. The journalist got strong anecdotes about how the tornado affected normal citizens and the devastation of how their homes have been destroyed.
One of the strongest quotes from the article was from the women, Linda McDaniel, who when describing how her friend’s damaged home looked said, “it was like looking into a dollhouse,” referring to the how the entire front wall was gone.
Though Rosen did an excellent job with describing the devastation and damage, it was the multiple photographs from Globe photographer David L. Ryan that gave me the best understanding of the situation.
Instead of including one photographs at the beginning of the article like most globe stories, this article used four or five pictures throughout the story. These images were just as powerful as the quotes and anecdotes that Rosen collected from reporting, if not more.
A picture of a destroyed home or collapsed trees and telephone poles shows the reader what the damage physically looks like instead of forcing them to imagine it. That is why personally, in natural disasters like this one, I believe that photo and visual journalism thrive.