- When big news breaks over a weekend– as was the case with the Atlanta tornado– Sunday’s late news should be a good time for viewers to see the coverage at its best. Viewership is high, and the chaos of Friday night and Saturday has settled somewhat. Here’s what a look-see of local TV reveals:
- WAGA’s 10 o’clock news had a single breathtaking photo– shot by a local professional photographer named Shane Durrance– of the tornado perched over downtown. It was apparently shot from Howell Mill Rd. The photo is magnificent. I didn’t see it on any other news; however, one hour later, WXIA posted the same photo on its website. The funnel is on the left, just to the right of the NationsBank tower.
- WSB’s 11pm news had two pieces of surveillance video, shot during the storm at two downtown buildings. Both clips were excellent. No other station appeared to have it. A separate report had two more pieces of home video of the storm, also apparently exclusive. The surprise is that there isn’t more of this homemade video.
- WXIA’s 10pm news was middling by comparison. There was an exceedingly dull live v/o by a reporter, tossing to sound from a police spokeswoman (all live v/o-sots should be banished unless done under duress). WXIA redeemed itself with a package by Jerry Carnes in Cabbagetown. Carnes is a skilled writer and storyteller for whom this kind of story is made. He had emotional material and showcased it without being maudlin or overwrought.