Citizen Journalists Cover N.y. Plane Crash
Once again, as it had in Mumbai last month, television relied on "citizen journalists" for video coverage of the crash of a U.S. Airways flight into New York's Hudson River on Thursday. First images of the rescue of the 155 passengers aboard the flight came from a person aboard a river ferry who snapped the scene with her iPhone and transmitted it to her Twitter account. All four major networks broke into regular programming with early video images, some taken by witnesses using cell phones. Helicopter coverage soon followed. The crash was also witnessed by ABC's Robin Roberts from the balcony of her apartment. She immediately called into the ABC newsroom and was put on the air. "I still can't believe what I saw," she said at one point. While CBS's Katie Couric anchored The CBS Evening News from the scene, rivals Brian Williams of NBC and Charles Gibson of ABC remained in their studios.