Haiti got slammed again with Hurricane Tomas, the Merapi volcano has displaced 300,000 Indonesians, and (in the words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon) Pakistan is not anywhere near recovering from the ‘heart-wrenching’ destruction brought about by unprecedented flooding in that central-Asian country.
What kind of story can do justice to these events? What do you crave to know? What should the consumers of Christian media hear in response to Tomas, Merapi, and the floods? Is it the death or displacement toll? Details about relief efforts and organizations? Do you think it’s important to tell people how they can contribute to relief efforts? What kind of adjectives do you feel comfortable using? Starting from scratch, right now, today, what history of Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan would you include in a news item?