Jersey Shore Hurricane News Weather’s Another “Hurricane”
Seaside–Jersey Shore Hurricane News, a facebook page created in 2011 in advance of Hurricane Irene has turned the local news gathering world upside in the past year and survived another ’hurricane’ this week. Although Hurricane Isaaic is a not-so-distant memory for those living along the Gulf Coast or the Caribbean, for New Jersey, the remnants of the storm have created flooding and minor damage, but nothing near the damage inflicted by Irene last August.
Founded by Seaside resident, Justin Auciello, a city planner by trade and news and weather hobbyist, the page has grown to over 60,000 fans since he started it a year ago. On top of that, it has transformed the way breaking news in New Jersey is now delivered, leaving the big players in the industry scratching their heads.
Auciello describes JHSN as “A bottom-up, two-way news outlet, JSHN is news for the people, by the people. JSHN covers breaking news, traffic, and weather.” Over the past few months, he has expanded coverage to include missing persons reports, assists local job seekers, missing pet notices and the news reported by Auciello and his 60,000 contributors has changed the very fabric of breaking news reporting.
Editors in newsrooms across the state now come to Jersey Shore Hurricane News for on the ground information and photos of breaking news events.
As media outlets are stretched thin, the cost for covering news has skyrocketed. JSHN’s contributor photos are often seen in the local news media for breaking stories. The fans on the page quite often, if not all of the time, share photos and information on events long before the mainstream media even finds out about it.
Auciello says that while he doesn’t mind newspapers and radio stations using the content contributed by JHSN fans, he said there were a few cases where media outlets were taking photos and not crediting the fan page. In a conversation last week, he said “I don’t mind that they use them, this is why we started the page, to inform people, all I ask is that they give proper credit as they would any other source.” Most have come around these days and now properly credit their photo source when snaking photos from the facebook page. It’s what any honest journalist would do.