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Roundup of Alt Weekly Wildfire Coverage

by Staff


Tags: Southern California, Alt-weekly, alternative weekly, L.A. Weekly, San Diego CityBeat, wildfire, California wildfire, journalism, narrative journalism, alternative press,

Before the Santa Ana winds abated and slowed the pace of the wildfires in Southern California, anyone near a newspaper or television got a glimpse of how grave this last fire really was. For a region that lives every day with the peril of natural disaster, this one struck an even deeper chord of helplessness for residents.

The region's alt weeklies have churned out some really impressive wildfire reporting. To echo the San Diego CityBeat's own admission, their coverage might not have the facts and figures of the exhaustive dailies, but the alt weeklies' focus on individuals and narratives has set its articles apart. CityBeat’s Eric Wolff, for example, chronicled the conversion of San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium into a camp for evacuees, and Pat Sherman followed horse owners as they rushed to remove their animals from the fire’s path.

Check out some of the best alt weekly reporting here:

The World on Fire,” by Judith Lewis, L.A. Weekly

Extreme Makeover: Spending the night at an evacuation site means a lesson in organization,” By Eric Wolff, San Diego CityBeat

Four-legged Evacuees: Horse owners scramble to find emergency boarding space,” by Pat Sherman, San Diego CityBeat

An index to the San Diego CityBeat articles on the wildfires.

 Also check out:

A roundup of the ethnic media’s wildfire coverage at New America Media. 

Eric Kelsey