On February 14, 2018, I received a call from my little brother back at my alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, that there was an active shooter on campus. He told me that we was able to get off campus and find safety and was trying to find a way to get home and make sure his friends were also safe. Feeling helpless in the situation, I immediately started streaming local and national news to receive the latest updates as they come and, and was refreshing my twitter feed to receive updates from the local and county police departments, my high school, local news channels, and national news channels.
In this time of panic and desperation, it was hard to get in touch with my friends and family back at home to make sure everything was okay, so I was relied on media for updates as the tragedy unfolded.
Local news released updates as they came in an effort to keep parents of the students informed, but it was so crazy for me to see national news reporting on something that happened in my community. Both the New York Times and Fox News released updates pertaining to the tragedy in a timely manner.
The New York Times article reported as soon as the shooter was detained. Interestingly, much of the detail in the article came from twitter. The article made mention of tweets from the Broward County School District, The Broward County Sheriff, and President Trump.
Fox News also utilized twitter to report information, and they used a photo from a student’s snap chat of a classroom. In their article, Fox referenced tweets made by Governor Rick Scott, Broward Schools, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas Student, and the Coral Springs Police Department.