Posted by: whitneygomes | October 10, 2016

Engage with Haiti: Focus on Relief Efforts, Not the Clinton Foundation

Tuesday morning, the Haitian people were afflicted with physical and psychological grief yet again. Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in a decade, struck the impoverished nation early Tuesday morning.

I immediately took to Twitter and reddit to engage in the tragedy and I discovered two trends between media platforms. While large conglomerates such as CNN and NBC news focused on the destruction in Haiti and it’s projected path towards the U.S., smaller publications began retweeting articles claiming that the Clinton Foundation “got rich off poor Haitians.” Re-hashed arguments surrounding the controversy of the foundation’s funding began to supersede the conversation we should be having: what has happened and where do we go from here?

The focus right now should be relief efforts in the Caribbean.

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-4-40-44-pmI retold this developing story to addiction counselor Diane Music, 57, Hudson Bullis, 16, country club manager Steve Bullis, 48, and screenwriter Autumn Omogrosso, 35. I chose to retell it to my sibling Hudson using trending hashtags on Twitter and comprehensive videos that he can easily follow. Hurricane Hits Haiti

I made the story relevant to each audience by assessing his/her age, education level, and his/her prior background knowledge of the impoverished country.

I would rewrite the story to include readership polls and to provide charts and infographics that would allow all four audiences to interact––truly ENGAGE––with the story. A live twitter feed on the page would help serve as an interactive chatroom to share perspectives and reactions while page updates foster this dynamic virtual newsroom.



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