Hurricane Katrina through The Washington Post front pages

By Melissa Bell

Five years ago this Sunday, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. The day before the rain fell, the approaching hurricane did not make the front page of The Washington Post. The morning the storm arrived, the evacuation made it to the front page. For the next three weeks, the story dominated the paper. First came the floods, then the world witnessed the delayed response, the terror of the forced evacuations, the grisly discovery of bodies and the utter devastation across the Gulf Coast.

Walk through the first nine days after the levees broke. And then share your Katrina story with us. Where were you when the storm hit? When did you realize the real magnitude of the event? Let us know your stories here and share your photos here. We'll post some of your stories soon.


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August 26, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  | Category:  nation
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wow. it looks so neat to see the headlines and pix laid out.
but it really underscores the major, major problem with print journalism - at least in terms of delivering news.
every single one of those headlines was at LEAST 24 hours behind the actual events as they occurred.
i guess the front page of a newspaper now acts as a sort of "souvenir" of the news - or something?

Posted by: postal1 | August 27, 2010 10:25 AM

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