Reporter Kimberly Wilson and photographer Bruce Ely scrambled into Haiti just days after a magnitude 7.0 quake struck the island nation Jan. 12. They followed international relief efforts and talked to many people from the Pacific Northwest with an interest there. They returned in December to see how the country has fared nearly a year after the disaster.
Reporter Chantal Guy and photographer Ivanoh Demers were in Port-Au-Prince on january 7th 2010. Originally assigned to cover the presence of writer Dany Lafferière at a poetry event, they found themselves witness to the devastation and were amongst the first journalists to report first-hand accounts of the situation, their dispatches became a worldwide phenomenon. Breaking News from Cyberpresse’s homepage supplied to a twitter feed, a missing person feature proved very useful to the many members of Montreal’s Haitian community. In the following days and weeks, journalists took over each other on location, feeding the site with videos, audio, pictures, reports and columns. Over time more contents such as interactive maps, a list for missing Canadian nationals and links to various humanitarian organizations were added to the section
Follow-ups on the surviving orphans, amputees, the cholera epidemic and the visit of Dany Lafferière a year later were added in the following weeks and months
Description: Realizing the magnitude of the earthquake in Haiti, the USA TODAY topics teams quickly designed and launched a new multimedia timeline and populated it daily with the latest images, audio and video. Interactive maps and satellite images were added as the crisis unfolded.
The situation in Haiti after the January earthquake is still pretty grim, but if there’s one thing that characterizes Haitians it’s their resilience. Sculptor Andre Eugene has not only continued to create art post-earthquake but actually has been newly inspired. He creates recycled art from scraps found around town; it goes without saying that he now has more material than ever. For Eugene, art provides a way (literally) to be constructive amid rubble — a way to interpret profound loss, and find meaning in the day to day.