South Dakota 2013 Blizzard & Media Coverage
There has been much talk over Twitter regarding the early season blizzard that hit South Dakota on October 4th and 5th, with a large percentage of tweets regarding a lack of media coverage. But in preparing our October 15th newsletter, I found a good amount of national media coverage from the week following the storm:
Friday, October 4th:
- TIME Magazine covers the early snows rolling off the High Rockies, as well as the AP report.
- The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang highlights the blizzard
- The Huffington Post picks up the AP story on the storm that was released a few minutes before midnight
Saturday, October 5th:
- The AP sends out an article about the weather conditions being faced in the Upper Midwest. It’s picked up by FOX News, NPR, USA Today, Kansas City Star, the Huffington Post, and ABC News.
- Reuters files its reports on the Upper Midwest, which is picked up by the Chicago Tribune.
- LA Times includes news of the blizzard in a report on the various unusual weather conditions faced around the country
Monday, October 7th:
- The AP reports about cattle deaths and it’s picked up by the Washington Post, The New York Times, the Kansas City Star, ABC News, and CBS News.
- Accuweather discusses the storm in the early morning hours.
- CBS This Morning reports on the conditions during their broadcast.
- The Washington Post blogs about the NWS workers who hiked to work despite no pay and includes a report of cattle deaths in the National Digest section.
Tuesday, October 8th:
- Reuters continues its coverage of the storm with a report on cattle deaths and aid relief during the afternoon. Its report is picked up by the Chicago Tribune and NBC News.
- NBC News reports on the conditions faced during and after the blizzard
Wednesday, October 9th:
- There is talk of the cattle loss by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Thursday, October 10th:
Friday, October 11th:
This list does not include all the regional papers that covered the story nor the boost it received on October 14th when the disposal pits were opened and the cattle death figure rose. The news has even reached as far as the UK with recent coverage on the Guardian site (from a Wisconsin blogger who stated it’s not being covered in American news.) Coverage of the disaster wasn’t sustained throughout the week, but that could be due to many factors including the current government shutdown and the consolidation of our media industry. –Siobhan Wallace