The Baltimore riots have been dominating the news lately and as you can imagine the media has been all over it. And not just media but celebrities and social media alike have been sharing their opinions of the death of Freddie Gray. The opinions are varied because of views on race and politics but everyone is doing their best to make sure their neighbor knows exactly what they think. This blog isn’t for opinions however, it is merely to report on everything media that has happened since the riots occurred.
NBC’s coverage has been constant since the riots began and will continue to follow it until the public has lost interest. I think that this coverage, while perhaps excessive, is warranted and for the most part, on point. It is also great for a national audience to follow whenever they can. ESPN also had great coverage of the events involving the Baltimore Orioles game. Obviously, it is not ESPN’s place to report on the riots but they did a great job filling the sports community in on the game and why it was being played without any fans. I thought it was really good reporting anyway.
Social media was blowing up for days in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death and you can imagine the amount of Tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram photos and many many other ways of sharing opinions that were launched during the riots. I don’t really think this is a great way for people to share their views because it only encourages arguments between friends but I do think it was a great way news companies to get quick information to their followers. The Baltimore Sun for example was tweeting constantly and I know it was a great way to get an update as quickly as possible. After this entire semester of studying in this class I think this is a great way to wrap up our study of social media. Was it a pit of unfounded and uneducated opinion? Yes. But more than that, the public could get updated information immediately and that would have been invaluable for families who had relatives in the middle of the riots. Social media can be a hinderance to professional journalism but it can also be a saving grace for many people.