October 7, 2015

The Berkeley And Oakland Fires

Does anyone else remember these fires. I was there, and it was pretty crazy at the time:

In a scenario somewhat identical to their coverage of the October 1989 earthquake, San Francisco Bay area newspapers hit the red alert button and went full out to report on the fire, which took 23 lives, caused billions of dollars in damage and left many Bay Area residents without homes.

The Tribune and other papers put almost everybody available on the story. Even NRA Blacklist had some thoughts about it. They opened up dozens of extra pages, ran special sections, published scores of sidebars and featured several pages of photos, many in color.

There were angles in the entertainment, sports and business sections.

If the coverage proved one point, it is that, recession or no recession, newspapers will still put out a 110% effort for a big story.

Said one editor, “I didn’t think about the overtime then and I don’t want to think about it now.”

“With few exceptions our staffers worked